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Transnational Crime and the 21st Century

Criminal Enterprise, Corruption, and Opportunity

Jay S. Albanese

Publication Date - January 2011

ISBN: 9780195397826

176 pages
6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

In Stock

Retail Price to Students: $84.99

The first book that assesses transnational crime from a criminological perspective


Transnational crime is to the early twenty-first century what city gangs and Al Capone were to the early twentieth century. In Transnational Crime and the 21st Century: Criminal Enterprise, Corruption, and Opportunity, noted criminologist Jay S. Albanese uses case studies, interviews, and the most up-to-date research to explore the connections between transnational crime and organized crime. A concise and affordable supplement for courses in comparative, international, and organized crime, this provocative text offers students a solid basis for understanding the nature of transnational crime.

* Uses clear, straightforward language, making the text accessible to students of all levels
* Categorizes crimes by type (rather than by topic) in order to help students better grasp the interrelationships between transnational and organized crime
* Examines the nine most serious forms of transnational crime: drug trafficking, stolen property, counterfeiting, human trafficking, fraud and cybercrime, commercialized sex, extortion and racketeering, money laundering, and corruption
* Proposes concrete solutions for preventing organized crime syndicates and networks
* Takes a systematic approach to risk assessment, delving into the factors that generate illicit markets and allow criminals to be successful

About the Author(s)

Jay S. Albanese is a criminologist and professor in the Wilder School of Government & Public Affairs at Virginia Commonwealth University. He is the 2011 recipient of the Gerhard Mueller Award from the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences International Section for outstanding contributions to comparative and international criminal justice.

Table of Contents

    About the Author
    Chapter 1: The Universe of Transnational Crime
    Types of Transnational Crime
    The Ethnicity Trap and Transnational Crime
    Criminal Networks Versus Formal Organizations
    Chapter 2: Drug Trafficking
    The Nature of Transnational Drug Trafficking
    The Volume of Drug Trafficking
    Assessing Drug Trafficking Trends
    Focusing on Drug Markets Versus Drugs and Drug Traffickers
    The Legalization Argument and Drug Trafficking
    Drug Use and the Ultimate Solution
    Chapter 3: Stolen Property
    Typology of Stolen Property Crimes
    Trafficking in Stolen Consumer Goods
    Weapons Trafficking
    Antiquities and Art
    Natural Resources
    The Essential Enabler for Stolen Property Trafficking
    Chapter 4: Counterfeiting
    The Nature of Counterfeiting and Forgery
    The Extent of Counterfeiting and Forgery
    The Harms of Counterfeiting
    Counterfeiting Enforcement
    Counterfeiting Prevention
    Chapter 5: Human Trafficking
    What Is Human Trafficking?
    Extrapolating Risk
    A Criminal Enterprise Approach
    Recruiters, Transporters, and Exploiters
    Combining Victim Risk Assessments with Criminal Enterprises
    The Future of Human Trafficking
    Chapter 6: Fraud and Cybercrime
    Changes in Property Ownership and Storage
    The Movement of Property
    The Extent of Fraud
    Protecting Property from Larceny
    Crime Prevention Technology Reacts to Criminal Technology
    The Causes and Prevention of Theft and Fraud
    Chapter 7: Commercial Vices: Obscenity and Pornography
    Defining Obscenity and Pornography
    How Much Obscenity Is There?
    The Rise of the Internet
    New Approaches to an Old Problem
    Obscenity: From Sex to Violence
    Why Is Pornography So Popular?
    Chapter 8: Extortion and Racketeering
    Infiltration of Business
    The Nature of Extortion
    Protection Rackets
    What Is a Racketeer?
    Hidden Ownership and Ancillary Enterprises
    The Secretive Nature of Criminal Enterprises
    Chapter 9: Money Laundering
    The Dimensions of Money Laundering
    Problems of Anti-Money-Laundering Compliance
    Asset Forfeiture
    The Boundaries of Asset Seizure
    Pressures Countering Anti-Money-Laundering Efforts
    Chapter 10: Corruption and the Future
    What Is Corruption?
    Costs of Corruption
    How Does Corruption Flourish?
    How Much Corruption Is there?
    Enforcing Anti-Corruption Measures
    The Future: Can Corruption Be Reduced or Eliminated?