A critique of the official discourse on drug and sex trafficking by organised crime using data on asset recovery

Peter Sproat

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Abstract

Purpose – The article aims to describe the role of asset recovery in combating drug and people trafficking within the UK and the different means by which the proceeds of crime can be taken away from such organised criminals.Design/methodology/approach – The author uses official data on asset recovery to critically analyse both the policing of drug trafficking in the UK and the official discourse on the extent, value and costs to the country of the trafficking of women for sex by organised crime.Findings – The article raises important questions about the credibility of the official estimates of the scale of drug trafficking by organised crime and/or the management and funding of those tasked with policing it within the UK.Originality/value – The work provides either a more accurate guide on the extent, value and costs to the country of the trafficking of women for sex or a much needed antithesis to the official discourse on the topic.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)149-162
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Financial Crime
Volume19
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2012

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