Global Crimes Analysis

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Global crime is an issue that threatens the safety and security of people all over the world. It spans a broad spectrum that includes international drug smuggling operations, human trafficking, organized crime and terrorism, and cyber crimes. Smuggling of weapons is another issue that also crosses borders and affects multiple countries. Fueled by open borders, global markets, and the telecommunications advancements, international crime has become a rising problem. In this essay, I will identify major global crimes and criminal issues that have a global impact on national and international justice systems and processes. In addition, the text will discuss the various international justice systems and how these global crimes and criminal issues will be addressed. The majority of global crimes emerge from organized crime. Organized crime is a profit-driven criminal organization or group that works together to commit illegal acts to achieve a common goal. It is a function of people illegally obtaining goods or services they are not entitled to. When the funds obtained are then infused into legitimate business dealings, legitimate economies can be compromised and the public processes can be directly impacted through the “buying” of elections. Still, in many countries, money from organized crime is highly relied on and becomes the “norm” of society ("United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime", 2013). A major source of illegitimate funds is drug manufacturing and trafficking. Many international crime groups are involved in global crimes related to drugs. The global drug trade is a multi-billion dollar industry, but the majority of drugs are produced in a few countries. Currently, world heroin consumption is at 430-450 tons of heroin. Of that total, about 50 tons of opium comes from Myanmar and the Lao People's Democratic Republic and the rest, some 380 tons
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