Skip to comments.Global organized crime becoming new superpower: U.N.
Posted on 06/17/2010 2:05:52 PM PDT by NormsRevenge
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) Governments must smash markets supplied by the global "superpower" of organized criminals trafficking drugs, people, arms and counterfeit goods, the U.N. crime chief said on Thursday.
Criminals are reaping profits in the tens of billions of dollars, Antonio Maria Costa, head of the U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime, told Reuters about a report released by his agency.
But countries are not cooperating enough with each other and the United Nations, and are too focused on traffickers.
"We have to start addressing the markets, which are gigantic in size," Costa said, adding that criminals who supply those markets have transformed themselves into a well armed, transnational "superpower."
The report, called "The Globalization of Crime," says the trafficking of humans for sexual exploitation in Europe generates $3 billion annually, while the smuggling of migrant workers to the United States and Europe yields nearly $7 billion each year.
Europe's heroin market accounts for $20 billion, the UNODC said, while counterfeit goods detected on Europe's borders have an annual value over $10 billion.
"Arresting some traffickers may divert the flows, but it will not shut them off," Costa said in the written text of remarks prepared for delivery to the General Assembly.
"Other criminals will fill the void as long as there is money to be made. Therefore, in order to fight more effectively organized crime, we must shift focus from disrupting the mafias to disrupting their markets."
Costa called for countries to step up action in rooting out corruption in governments and in the private sector worldwide that allows organized crime to thrive.
"We must also crack down on the accomplices of crime, like the army of white-collar criminals -- lawyers, accountants, realtors and bankers -- who cover them up and launder their proceeds," Costa said...
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Well, If anyone knows about global crime, it’s the uN! Uhhh.. ;-}
UN out to “smash” the competition is the way I see it.
Oh, well we can't do that. That would be racist and inhumane.
Criminal Gangs are just supplying the products law abiding Americans are unwilling to supply.
The Government hates competition.
> The Government hates competition.
Bwah ha ha ha !!!!
Truly brilliant :)
I thought the UN was global organized crime. Oh, you’re right, they are global disorganized crime.
And Obongo is head of the American crime syndicate.
Best way to stop global crime is to end Liberal Free Trade Globalism. Liberal Globalists make it so easy for these organizations to operate.
Of course, the Liberal Globalists will while “isolationism” and “protectionism”....I guess you have to do that when you side with global crime gangs