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NCJ Number: 182460 Find in a Library
Title: Organised Crime and the Business of Migrant Trafficking: An Economic Analysis
Author(s): Andreas Schloenhardt
Corporate Author: Australian Institute of Criminology
Date Published: November 10, 1999
Page Count: 25
Sponsoring Agency: Australian Institute of Criminology
Canberra ACT, 2601, Australia
Sale Source: Australian Institute of Criminology
GPO Box 2944
Canberra ACT, 2601,
Type: Issue Overview
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: Australia
Annotation: This paper examines organizations involved in migrant trafficking in light of the most recent theories and interpretations of organized crime, that is the economic analysis of transnational criminal organizations.
Abstract: The trafficking of migrants to Australia, throughout the Asia-Pacific region and around the world has become a multi-billion-dollar business for criminal organizations. Over the last 10 years, thousands of migrants have been moved illegally across international borders with the assistance of professional trafficking organizations. The increasing number of people forced or willing to move abroad as well as the restrictions placed on legitimate migration systems have translated into organized crime. Around the world, trafficking organizations have learned to take advantage of this structural inequality, creating sophisticated channels of illegal migration while exploiting those forced or willing to migrate. With respect to the elaboration of future countermeasures on national, regional and international levels, the paper attempts to identify more precisely the major organizational and operational features of the migrant trafficking business. It provides an introductory discussion of the economic approach to organized crime; analyzes the illegal market in which criminal organizations, operate; and presents a working basis for examining the migrant trafficking organization. Notes, figure
Main Term(s): Criminology
Index Term(s): Border control; Economic analysis; Immigration offenses; Money laundering; Organized crime; Organized crime investigation; Professional criminals; Prostitution across international borders; Smuggling/Trafficking
Note: Australian Institute of Criminology Occasional Seminar, November 10, 1999
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