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May 16, 2018 / C H Thompson

Globalisation and crime – with evaluative points

Globalisation is the growing interconnectedness of societies across the world, and the spread of the same culture, consumer goods and economic interest around the globe. McGrew defines globalisation as the process whereby events, decisions and activities in one part of the world have significant consequences for people in distant parts of the world.

Globalisation has led to new opportunities for crime, as well as the development of new types of crime:

  • Arms trafficking -> selling weapons to illegal regimes
  • Smuggling of illegal immigrants -> often linked to prostitution and slavery
  • Sex tourism -> where westerners travel to third world countries for sex
  • Trafficking body parts -> for organ transplants in rich countries
  • Cyber-crimes -> such as identity theft and child pornography
  • Green crimes -> damaging the environment
  • International terrorism -> much of terrorism is now based on ideological links made via the internet
  • Smuggling of legal goods -> such as tobacco and alcohol to evade customs
  • Money laundering -> the profits of organised crimes
  • Trafficking of endangered species -> to use for pets and traditional medicines
  • The drugs trade ->smuggled to feed tee stern drug habit
  • Trafficking of cultural artefacts -> includes works of art having been stolen to order


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