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NCJ Number: 178841 Find in a Library
Title: Prostitution and the Mafia: The Involvement of Organized Crime in the Global Sex Trade
Journal: Transnational Organized Crime  Volume:3  Issue:4  Dated:Winter 1997  Pages:119-144
Author(s): Sarah Shannon
Editor(s): Phil Williams
Date Published: 1997
Page Count: 26
Type: Issue Overview
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: After an overview of the global sex trade, this paper highlights its distinctive features and explores its regional manifestations, followed by an examination of the involvement of international criminal syndicates and an assessment of their importance in the industry.
Abstract: The global sex trade involves the trafficking of persons for the purposes of commercial sexual exploitation. There are three main forms of sexual exploitation: prostitution, the transfer of persons from one party to another for commercial sexual purposes in exchange for money or other recompense, and pornography. The primary means of securing persons for exploitation are kidnapping, sale by the victim's family, and the false promise of work. Several other factors contribute to the success of the commercial sex industry, including demand, poverty, and cultural attitudes toward women. In analyzing the role of organized crime in the global sex trade, the essay focuses on Asia, the Middle East, Latin America, Africa, Europe, and the United States. The author concludes that it is clear criminal organizations frequently traffic women and children for forced prostitution and that these organizations provide security, support, or liaison services to pimps, brothel owners, and other mafia groups. Their involvement is essential to the efficiency and success of the sex industry. If effective countermeasures are to be developed and implemented, a more thorough knowledge of the role organized crime plays in this illicit market is essential. 129 notes
Main Term(s): Criminology; World criminology
Index Term(s): Child Sexual Abuse; Child victims; Crime in foreign countries; Crimes against children; Female victims; Immigration offenses; Latin America; Organized crime; Pornography; Prostitution across international borders; Prostitution causes; Sex offenses; South-East Asia; United States of America; Victims in foreign countries
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