Organized Crime Enablers
Organized crime exacts a multibillion dollar cost on legitimate business, distorts markets and causes widespread ill-effects on society. Fuelled by the same forces of globalization that have expanded trade, communications and information worldwide, criminal syndicates now have unprecedented reach into the lives of ordinary people but also into the affairs of multinational companies and governments worldwide. The transnational and networked nature of organized crime requires efforts to combat its illicit activities not only on the part of criminal law, but also calls for greater attention to be paid to the enabling elements of organized crime activities.
For this reason, the 2012 report of the Global Agenda Council on Organized Crime focuses on the enablers of organized crime. They are defined as individuals, mechanisms and situations that play an important facilitating role in organized criminal activities, whether intentionally or inadvertently, increasing criminal benefits and scale while reducing the risks. This report identifies enablers, their roles and impact, and provides recommendations to disrupt enablers' facilitating role in organized criminal activities in three areas: cybercrime, money laundering and Free Trade Zones.
This report is a publication of the Global Agenda Council on Organized Crime