Transnational Organized Crime in Oceania

Roderic Broadhurst, Mark Adam Lauchs, Sally Lohrisch

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    Oceania has a relatively low level of crime prevalence yet in the smaller and under-developed PICs we have shown that transnational crime has become increasingly common. A risk contained but potentially dangerous if state failure or fragility undermines law enforcement capacities. We predict that as the pace of globalization quickens and the demand for raw materials and resources grows some parts of the Pacific will be prone to criminal enterprises run by both indigenous and foreign crime groups. Australia and New Zealand will remain attractors of illicit goods notably ATS but will in turn be source countries for diminishing fish stock such as beche de mere and abalone as well forest timber. Finally the role of states such as Australia and New Zealand in helping to maintain law enforcement capacities throughout the region will be crucial if organized crime in Oceania is to be kept in check while demand for illicit resources grow.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationTransnational Organized Crime: An Overview from Six Continents
    Editors Jay Albanese & Philip Reichel
    Place of PublicationOnline
    PublisherSage Publications
    ISBN (Print)9781452290072
    Publication statusPublished - 2014


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