Conflict zones provide organized crime gangs with billions of illicit profit every year: crime expert

7 November 2018

Transnational crime is a growing risk that is posing a major challenge to police forces, including UN Police, and conflict zones provide the opportunity for organized crime to make profits estimated at over $30 billion every year.

During UN Police Week, Conor Lennon from UN News met with Tuesday Reitano, Deputy Director of the Global Initiative Against Transnational Crime, which was set up in 2013 to help the UN, and other multilateral organizations, to improve their strategies for combatting this emerging and dangerous phenomenon.

Speaking to her ahead of her address to the Security Council on Tuesday ­­– delivered during the annual briefing by UN Peacekeeping operations – he began by asking her to go through some of the reasons that transnational organized crime is a growing risk.

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Conor Lennon, UN News
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