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UNODC global awareness campaign on the $870 billion organized crime business

Our president, Rudolf Richter, represented the ISA as a NGO at the conference of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in Vienna.

The UNODC just launched a global awareness-raising campaign, and we were asked to help disseminate it. The campaign reveals the staggering size and scope of transnational organized crime, a business generating $ 870 billion annually. That amount is equivalent to around 1.5 per cent of global GDP, or 6 times the budget for official development assistance, or 7 per cent of the world’s exports.

Organized crime spares no part of the world and preys on the vulnerable through force and deception. Human trafficking victims alone number 2.4 million, for example, and each year 1.5 million people are victims of identity theft.

Check also their public campaign webpage. This dedicated multilingual campaign website contains a series of factsheets on the financial and social aspects of the different types of organized crime.

Please help us to raise awareness about Transnational Organised Crime (TOC) and to promote the campaign.