New Mobile Crime

Authored by: Monica den Boer

The Routledge Handbook of New Security Studies

Print publication date:  January  2010
Online publication date:  January  2010

Print ISBN: 9780415484374
eBook ISBN: 9780203859483
Adobe ISBN: 9781135166205


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There is a growing consensus among academics and law enforcement analysts that the volume of mobile and transnational crime keeps growing, due to globalization (Serrano 2002: 24), migratory patterns (Walters, this volume), technology, infrastructure, communication and market dynamics (Woodiwiss 2003: 25). Mobile crime has adopted a supra-local character, which necessitates information-exchange and operational cooperation between law enforcement agencies in different countries. The category of organized serious transnational crime includes fraud, forgery, money laundering, man-smuggling, trafficking in human beings, drugs trafficking, stolen vehicles, environmental crime, cyber-crime, child pornography, illegal arms trafficking and even terrorism. This wide list of criminal offences indicates that the label (transnational) ‘organized crime’ is imprecise and ambiguous. In fact, it has become more common to look at the causes of transnational crime.

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