Title

Why Organized Crime Seeks New Criminal Markets

Date of Publication

2020 12:00 AM

Security Theme

Transnational Organized Crime

Keywords

Organized crime, transnational organized crime, illicit goods, illicit services, business infiltration, government infiltration, corruption, illicit markets, market variables, network variables

Description

"This chapter provides theoretical concepts and evidence to assess what organized crime does, how criminal markets are chosen, and what might be done to anticipate and respond to criminal groups expanding into new illicit markets. The criminal markets exploited by organized crime groups (OCGs) are of three types: (a) provision of illicit goods; (b) provision of illicit services; and (c) infiltration of businesses or government. Three kinds of opportunity factors shape this activity: push factors, pull factors, and problems with the rule of law. Clear parallels exist among various cases of organized crime, in which individuals and groups exploit their opportunities to profit from illicit activity. Indicators for network and market variables can be gathered for different illicit products, making it possible to assess the comparative risk of organized crime involvement for different types of products and illicit markets."

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Why Organized Crime Seeks New Criminal Markets

"This chapter provides theoretical concepts and evidence to assess what organized crime does, how criminal markets are chosen, and what might be done to anticipate and respond to criminal groups expanding into new illicit markets. The criminal markets exploited by organized crime groups (OCGs) are of three types: (a) provision of illicit goods; (b) provision of illicit services; and (c) infiltration of businesses or government. Three kinds of opportunity factors shape this activity: push factors, pull factors, and problems with the rule of law. Clear parallels exist among various cases of organized crime, in which individuals and groups exploit their opportunities to profit from illicit activity. Indicators for network and market variables can be gathered for different illicit products, making it possible to assess the comparative risk of organized crime involvement for different types of products and illicit markets."