However, the problem is also pervasive in developed states. Problems persist in both the methodologies of researching transnational organized crime and in the policymaking process to address it. Statistics about the issue are inherently difficult to verify, and this has complicated efforts to develop a global prohibition regime against TOC.
Although the UN Convention against Transnational Organized Crime came into force in , a global prosecution strategy has not emerged. After years of Millennium Project interviews of relevant senior government officials, the outlines of a global strategy to counter TOC has emerged. A financial prosecution system could be established as a new body to complement the related organizations addressing various parts of TOC today.
In cooperation with these organizations, the new system would identify and establish priorities on top criminal groups defined by the amount of money laundered to be prosecuted one at a time. Such courts, similarly to UN peacekeeping forces, could be established and trained, and then be ready for instant duty.
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When investigations are complete, arrest orders would be executed to apprehend the criminal s , freeze access to their assets, open the court case, and then proceed to the next TOC group or individual on the priority list. The prosecution would be outside the country of the accused. Each time a court would be needed, it could be selected via a lottery system among volunteering countries.
After initial government funding, the system would receive its financial support from frozen assets of convicted criminals rather than depending on government contributions, which could be subject to bribery by organized crime. Countries that made the arrests and courts that prosecuted the cases would receive reimbursements from the frozen assets. Conduct a feasibility study of the above strategy. Include organized crime as a crime against humanity recognized by the ICC. Engage farmers in high-income agricultural alternatives to illegal production, and focus policing efforts on drug traffickers rather than peasant farmers who grow illicit crops.
Transnational organized crime TOC is estimated to get twice the income of all military budgets combined per year. The world has started to wake up to the enormity of this evolving phenomenon but has yet to adopt a global integrated strategy to counter organized crime as a complex set of systems.
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That combination, allowing government decisions to be bought and sold like heroin, makes democracy an illusion. Some political leaders support decriminalization of drugs as a potential strategy to take some of the money out of TOC. There are an estimated million drug users worldwide with , deaths annually. The Commercial Crime Services of the International Chamber of Commerce helps track and combat all forms of commercial crime. There are more slaves today than at the peak of the African slave trade.
Estimates range from 12 million to 30 million people being held in slavery today, with the vast majority in Asia. The online market in illegally obtained data and tools for committing data theft and other cybercrimes continues to grow, and criminal organizations are offering online hosting of illegal applications. The financial crisis and the bankruptcy of financial institutions have opened new infiltration routes for TOC.
There should be an international treaty against tax heavens and accounts with anonymous beneficiaries, with enforcement mechanisms that include collective sanctions imposed on the relevant banks and countries. Undisclosed funds should be confiscated and made available to a development fund and to finance the fight against TOC. It is time for an international campaign by all sectors of society to develop a global consensus that an effective global strategy is needed to counter TOC.
Such courts, like UN peacekeeping forces, could be established and trained, and then be ready for instant duty. When investigations are complete, arrest orders would be executed to apprehend the criminal s , freeze access to their assets, open the court case, and then proceed to the next TOC group on the priority list. Although extradition is accepted by the UN Convention against Transnational Organized Crime, a new protocol would be necessary for courts to be deputized like military forces for UN peacekeeping.
After initial government funding, the system would receive its financial support from frozen assets of convicted criminals rather than depending on government contributions — that could be subject to bribery by organized crime.
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Many different definitions of Transnational Organized Crime exist within the International Community. Hundreds of billions of dollars are siphoned out of the continent through money laundering and industrial scale corporate tax avoidance. The Brazzaville Declaration signed by six Central African countries and related organizations pledges to counter illegal logging in the Congo Basin rain forest which is losing cover at a net rate of , ha per year.
Some experts are saying that the only solution is to completely ban trading in ivory. The increased production and trade with qat khat , which is legal in Djibouti, Ethiopia, Somalia, and Yemen is of growing concern to the international organizations.
However, piracy on the coast of West Africa continues to be a problem with 51 attacks in In September an INTERPOL operation in Ethiopia and Uganda resulted in the arrest of 53 persons, the liberation of more than trafficking victims, and the identification of a large number of illegal immigrants. In addition, we found evidence of police deterrence, either directly, or through arrests, of property-related and assault offenses, but not for murders.
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