WHY AND HOW GROUPS FROM THE WESTERN BALKANS HAVE BECOME ENGAGED IN ORGANISED CRIME IN SOUTH AFRICA, TURKEY, AUSTRALIA AS WELL AS IN SOME COUNTRIES OF LATIN AMERICA AND WESTERN EUROPE

On 24 July, an article from the Global Initiative Against Transnational Organised Crime about a report shows that criminal groups from the Western Balkans operating abroad are modern, dynamic and entrepreneurial, and have demonstrated an ability to adapt and innovate and use technology to their advantage (e.g. using encrypted forms of communication; exploring new routes and means of trafficking, such as ‘narco-jets’; and laundering their money through cryptocurrencies, offshore havens and into their home countries). The report suggests that there is not a ‘Balkan Cartel’ per se, although groups from the region sometimes work with each other, and there are also instances of multi-ethnic groups. The report calls for more effective law enforcement cooperation, tracking and seizing of assets, and the sharing of information, not least since perpetrators tend to use multiple identities. It also stresses the need to reduce demand for the goods and services provided by criminal groups from the Western Balkans.

https://globalinitiative.net/transnational-tentacles-wb6/

Author: raytodd2017

Chartered Legal Executive and former senior manager with Isle of Man Customs and Excise, where I was (amongst other things) Sanctions Officer (for UN/EU sanctions), Export Licensing Officer and Manager of the Legal-Library & Collectorate Support Section

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