Black People : Organised crime: the $2 trillion threat to the world's security

Goddess Auset333

Feb 9, 2007

Billions of dollars worth of bribes paid each year go into the pockets of public officials in rich countries

Julian Borger, diplomatic editor
Wednesday September 12, 2007


International organised crime has become a $2 trillion (£984bn) behemoth that threatens to pervert democracy around the world and fuel already dangerous levels of global inequality, a new study warns.

While the world is getting richer, the relentless rise of organised crime has emerged as one of the most potent threats to the planet's future, alongside global warming and the scarcity of drinkable water, according to the State of the Future survey by the World Federation of United Nations Associations.

The annual takings of criminal gangs around the world are roughly equivalent to Britain's GDP, or twice the world's combined defence budgets. Half of that amount is paid as bribes, which tend to make the rich and powerful even wealthier.

The 225 richest people on the planet now earn the same as the poorest 2.7bn, equivalent to 40% of humankind, the report finds. And although democracy is on the rise, with nearly half the world's population now living in democratic systems, it is in danger of being demolished by a culture of bribery.

"The implications the world has to understand is that government decisions can be bought and sold," Jerome Glenn, head of the association' s millennium project and one of the report's authors said. "What happens if organised crime decides that instead of buying and selling cocaine or heroin, it's going to buy and sell government decisions? That's a threat to democracy."

Contrary to the stereotype of the banana republic, only a minority of the political bribes paid each year goes to public officials in the developing world. The report published this week finds "the vast majority of bribes are paid to people in richer countries" where decision taking is "vulnerable to vast amounts of money".

Much of the income, more than $520bn, that flows through the world's black economy comes from counterfeiting and piracy. The drug trade is the second biggest earner, with an estimated $320bn in takings. Human trafficking is a small industry by comparison, worth under $44bn but arguably the most pernicious. According to the UN, up to 27 million people are now held in slavery, far more than at the peak of the African slave trade. The majority of the victims this time are Asian women.

The report says: "Violence against women by men continues to cause more casualties than wars do today." One in five women around the world will be a victim of rape or attempted rape in her lifetime. The situation is so bad schools should teach girls martial arts for self-defence, it says.

"We have departments of defence around the world protecting people. What's the department of defence for women?" Mr Glenn asked.


Create an account or login to comment

You must be a member in order to leave a comment

Create account

Create an account on our community. It's easy!

Log in

Already have an account? Log in here.

Thread starter Similar threads Forum Replies Date
C Black People : Black On Black Crime Is Pro-Racist Black People Open Forum 0
OldSoul Black People : QUEEN SONO Official Trailer (2020) South African crime drama web television series Black People Open Forum 2
Clyde C Coger Jr African American History Culture : House makes lynching a federal crime, 65 years after Till African American History Culture 0
candeesweet Black Poetry : My Partner in crime Black Poetry - Get Your Flow On! 0
J Black Entertainment : Black True Crime Podcast Black Entertainment 0
OldSoul Black People : Black Teens Receive 11 Life Sentences in Crime Where No One Was Hurt Black People Open Forum 2
Perfection Black People Politics : ◢Studies in White Racism: White Racism--An Application of the Colonial Model to Explain Crime & Race Black People Politics 0
R Black Poetry : Strong beats on streets as pride talk on sidewalks run into crime has stone walls best be home yall, Black Poetry - Get Your Flow On! 0
Clyde C Coger Jr Black People Politics : The Senate’s Three Black Members Introduce Bill to Finally Make Lynching a Federal Crime Black People Politics 0
Mister Aten Black Parenting : Prof. Griff- Why Denzell Washington said "Prison System Not to Blame for Crime in Black Communities" Black Parenting 0
S Black People : White-Collar Crime Kills and Maims More Than the Crimes of the Poor Black People Open Forum 2
Kemetstry Law Forum : LAS VEGAS SHOOTING, WHITE ON WHITE CRIME Law Forum - Prisons - Gun Ownership 33
jamesfrmphilly Black People : woman-charged-with-hate-crime-after-posting-racist-facebook-rant Black People Open Forum 3
Continuous Broadcast Law Forum : Seems Drinking Coffee Then Driving or Drinking Coffee While Walking Is A Crime Law Forum - Prisons - Gun Ownership 0
Liberty Law Forum : Exposing the Myth of “Black on Black Crime Law Forum - Prisons - Gun Ownership 1
Clyde C Coger Jr Science and Technology : Scientists just got closer to understanding the genetic roots of crime - it’s making them nervous Science and Technology 3
Al D Black People : New Zealand's version of Black on Black Crime and Imprisonment Black People Open Forum 0
Kemetstry Law Forum : BLACK ON BLACK CRIME?????? Law Forum - Prisons - Gun Ownership 0
S Black People : Debunking White Racist Crime Statistics Black People Open Forum 1
Liberty Black Women : African-American girls in low-income, high-crime neighborhoods experience threats, objectification Black Women 0
skuderjaymes Black People : Could Year-round School solve Chicago's Crime problem? Black People Open Forum 10
Liberty Black Relationships : We Should Probably Stop Blaming the Crime Rate on Single Mothers Black Relationships 33
Liberty Law Forum : Spring Valley Is Everywhere: When Being A Black Girl Is Your Only Crime - Join Us Tuesday, Nov 3 Law Forum - Prisons - Gun Ownership 9
RAPTOR The Police : Crime Memphis Police Demote Black Cops If They Keep Complaining About Racism Law Forum - Prisons - Gun Ownership 0
Kemetstry Law Forum : HATE CRIME CHARGES IN FLORIDA Law Forum - Prisons - Gun Ownership 0
Kemetstry Law Forum : CRIME STATS IN MINNESOTA Law Forum - Prisons - Gun Ownership 0
Kemetstry Black People : THE MYTH OF BLACK ON BLACK CRIME Black People Open Forum 24
Kadijah Black People : Is using the bathroom a crime.... when you're black... and have do #2? Black People Open Forum 7
RAPTOR Black People : The Truth About Chicago’s Crime Rates Black People Open Forum 1
skuderjaymes Black People : linked to over 100 hate-crime murders (in the last 5 years). Black People Open Forum 14
RAPTOR Black People : An 'affair' with white sheriff's daughter, drugs and claims of a race crime cover-up... Black People Open Forum 5
Kemetstry Black People : SERMON ON BLACK ON BLACK CRIME Black People Open Forum 212
Kemetstry Black People : KNOCK OUT SUSPECT CHARGED WITH HATE CRIME Black People Open Forum 22
skuderjaymes Law Forum : Is "Life" a fair sentence for the crime of Murder? Law Forum - Prisons - Gun Ownership 13
skuderjaymes Audio Video Web Conferencing : Diamond of Crime Mob gets Chanel panties tattoo (This Week in Coonery #32) Audio Video Web Conferencing 2
Lakeesha T Black People : Differences in Crime Rates among Racial Groups Black People Open Forum 119
OldSoul OldSoul : Murdering the Black race is not a crime, because Black revolutionaries have not made it so OldSoul 1
blazejay Black Money Business Jobs : The reason crime pays Black Money Business Jobs 6
MsInterpret Audio Video Web Conferencing : Sade - Is It A Crime Audio Video Web Conferencing 0
Enki Black People : Florida man charged with hate crime says he ‘only shot a n****r’ Black People Open Forum 7
Keita Kenyatta Black People : Does kindergarten lead to crime? Fact-checking N.H. legislator's 'research' Black People Open Forum 3
legit-writer Black People : Infidelity as a Crime Black People Open Forum 2
legit-writer Black People : FBI May Charge George Zimmerman With Hate Crime Black People Open Forum 6
Keita Kenyatta Black People : Crime Fighting Tintswalo Style Black People Open Forum 2
$$RICH$$ Black People : Black on Black crime and killings continue Black People Open Forum 12
N Black People : So called "Black on Black crime" Black People Open Forum 10
Destee Black People : Black on Black Crime Widely Ignored, Says African American Activists Black People Open Forum 144
MsVeraisblessed Black People : The First 48 hrs (the crime show) Black People Open Forum 10
RAPTOR Black People : Crime pays (for the "1%"). Black People Open Forum 3
Black-king Audio Video Web Conferencing : : BLACK ON BLACK CRIME Audio Video Web Conferencing 0
Similar threads

Latest profile posts

Cheryl Fitts wrote on Destee's profile.
I am looking for participants in a study to share their experiences as former African American males served as ED/EBD/BD in the southeast. Participants ages 18-35 will be interviewed and given the opportunity to express their thoughts, feelings and impressions of their school years. If interested or for more information please contact me directly. Thanks, Cheryl
Cheryl Fitts wrote on Destee's profile.
Thank you for the welcome. I have a question. I am a doctorate student in need of participants for my study. Is it allowable to post a request for study participants. If so, this is the post that would be uploaded:
Let's us all remember in 2021 to protect our energy and to do the best we can to grow and evolve.
Queen Destee im back still showing lo e after what 20+ yrs? You know always stop through from time to time
Destee wrote on rhymebad's profile.
@rhymebad ... i love you ... :love: ... what was going wrong about polls and being blocked and stuff?