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Illicit Trafficking: A Reference Handbook / Edition 1

Illicit Trafficking: A Reference Handbook / Edition 1


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A detailed survey of a growing scourge of the global economy—the smuggling of people, materials, and money.

• Entries include transnational organized criminal groups involved in illicit trafficking activities, including profiles of prominent figures engaged in money laundering, drug smuggling, and arms trafficking

• Annotated chronology of key events concerning international agreements on fighting illegal trafficking

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781576079157
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date: 06/29/2005
Series: Contemporary World Issues
Pages: 260
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.75(d)
Age Range: 12 - 14 Years

About the Author

Robert J. Kelly, PhD, is professor emeritus in the Department of Criminal Justice and the Department of Sociology at Brooklyn College, Brooklyn, NY and the Graduate School of the City University of New York, New York, NY.

Jess Maghan, PhD, is professor and director at the Forum for Comparative Correction, Chester, CT.

Joseph D. Serio is editor-in-chief of Crime and Justice International, a bimonthly magazine published by the Office of International Criminal Justice. He is currently a third-year doctoral student in the College of Criminal Justice at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX.

Table of Contents

1Illicit Trafficking: A Brief History1
What Is Illicit Trafficking?2
What Are the Roles of Organized Crime and Transnational Crime in Illicit Trafficking?4
Does Immigration Foster Illicit Trafficking?5
What Is the Relationship of the Volume of Illicit Trafficking to Globalization?7
What Is the Relationship of the Growth of Global Finance to Illicit Trafficking?7
How Do Worldwide Communication Technologies Affect Illicit Trafficking?8
What Are the Defining Characteristics of Transnational Crime Groups?8
What Are the Relationships among Governments, Social Structure, and Organized Crime?11
Do Ethnic Conflicts and State Dissolution Facilitate Illicit Trafficking?13
Do Political Instability and Military Conflict Contribute to Criminal Activities?14
What Are the Trends among Transnational Crime Groups?15
Can Law Enforcement Operate Effectively in a Global Environment?17
Western Europe18
Eastern and Central Europe20
Russia, the Balkans, and the Newly Independent States21
South Asia, Southeast Asia, and China23
South America and Central America: Colombia and Mexico26
United States27
How Are Transnational Organized Crime and Illicit Trafficking Related?37
How Can States Deter and Contain Illicit Trafficking?39
2Problems, Controversies and Solutions47
Transnational Crime Survey47
Money Laundering: Structure and Characteristics48
Types of Money Laundering53
Controls and Law Enforcement Responses to Money Laundering54
Drug Trafficking54
Drug-Trafficking Impacts on Nation-State Stability56
Economic and Social Consequences of Illicit Trafficking56
Illicit Drug Production57
Drug-Trafficking Networks57
Drug Market Structure and the Trafficking Industry58
Smuggling Nuclear Materials and Arms62
Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)63
Nuclear Theft and Smuggling: The Threat64
The Impact of Change65
Biological and Chemical Weapons66
Law Enforcement and Control Efforts69
Illicit Arms Trafficking70
Dynamics of Arms Trafficking: The Cold War71
Arms Trafficking in the Post-Cold War Era73
Weapons "Supermarkets" and Conflict Zones73
The Machinery of Arms Smuggling75
The Gray Arms Market76
Trafficking in Precious Stones78
Trafficking in Human Body Parts78
The Illicit Trade in Art and Cultural Objects82
Theft of Intellectual Property83
Organized Crime and IPR Crimes84
Alien Smuggling: Trafficking in Human Beings84
Female Migrants86
General Observations: Looking Ahead89
4Biographical Sketches109
Monzar Al Kassar109
Osama bin Laden110
Victor Bout112
Alphonse Capone114
Pablo Emilio Gaviria Escobar117
Helmer Herrera-Buitrago121
Abdul Qadeer Khan122
Khun Sa123
Carlos Lehder-Rivas124
"Little Pete,"125
Charles "Lucky" Luciano127
Leonid Minin129
Manuel Antonio Noriega130
Jorge Luis Vasquez Ochoa133
Benny Ong135
Salvatore Riina136
Tijuana Cartel139
5Statistics and Reference Documents141
Trafficking in Human Beings141
Characteristics of Traffickers and Their Victims142
International Organization for Migration146
Coalition against Trafficking in Women147
U.S. Department of State151
United Nations155
Narcotics Trafficking158
Bureau for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs158
Office of National Drug Control Policy159
Characteristics of Traffickers160
United Nations162
Trafficking in Small Arms and Light Weapons163
Office of Weapons Removal and Abatement164
United Nations167
UN Institute for Disarmament Research168
Small Arms Survey169
Trafficking in Nuclear Materials170
International Atomic Energy Agency170
The Center for International Security and Cooperation172
Nuclear Threat Initiatives174
6Agencies and Organizations177
7Print and Nonprint Resources191
Print Resources191
Books and Articles191
Periodicals and Publications218
Nonprint Resources224
Illicit Traficking-Trends and Issues233
Post-Perestroika and the Rise of the Oligarchs: Examples of State Decay and Illicit Traficking Opportunities236
About the Authors259

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In Illicit Trafficking, Joe Serio, Jess Maghan, and Robert Kelly have produced a well-researched book on the ever increasing problem of transnational crime. The authors do a more than credible job of addressing the various forms of international crime: drug trafficking, weapons smuggling, money laundering, trafficking in humans, the illicit trade in precious stones, art, and cultural objects, and the commercialization of human body parts. In addition, they provide a comprehensive list of resources for further research. This book would be an excellent text for an advanced course dealing with the subject of transnational crime. Serio, et al., are to be commended for making this contribution to criminal justice literature.