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By Jana Arsovska

The growth of equipped crime throughout nationwide borders has develop into a key protection problem for the overseas group. during this theoretically and empirically bright portrait of an international phenomenon, Jana Arsovska examines essentially the most common myths in regards to the so-called Albanian Mafia. in response to greater than a decade of study, together with interviews with sufferers, offenders, and legislation enforcement throughout ten international locations, in addition to courtroom documents and personal intelligence experiences, interpreting Albanian geared up Crime offers a entire review of the factors, codes of behavior, actions, migration, and constitution of Albanian geared up crime teams within the Balkans, Western Europe, and the U.S.. Paying specific consciousness to the dynamic relationships between tradition, politics, and arranged crime, the e-book develops a framework for knowing the worldwide development of the legal underworld and offers a version for destiny comparative examine.

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Collecting scientific data on organized crime in a variety of jurisdictions is also difficult because of definitional problems and language barriers. And there is no guarantee that official agencies concentrate on the most serious crime problems. Clearly, the reality of organized crime is not easy to discover. As noted previously, the situation is made even more challenging by the fact that writers looking to sell newspapers and lightweight academic publications sometimes accept poor empirical data without question.

For years, nothing was done about these so-called “sexual slavery” rackets. 5 There was evidence that the victims were traded first in Kosovo, then transported to Macedonia, and eventually returned to Kosovo (IOM 2004). These ethnic Albanian international human trafficking networks quickly gained a reputation for being exceptionally violent. Drug trafficking and extortion rackets were another growing problem. 6 In Macedonia, criminal groups such as one that went by the name “the Colombians,” as well as the crews led by Dzjelal Ajeti, Zija Asani, Bajrush Sejdiu, Agim Krasniqi, and Arslan Nuishi, gained their criminal reputation in the 1990s and, according to reports, demanded a share of the Balkan criminal underworld.

BBC Monitoring 2005) According to Washington Quarterly writers Cilluffo and Salmoiraghi (1999) Albanians have come to dominate smuggling within Europe, overshadowing their erstwhile mentors, the Italian mafia. Many countries have witnessed the rise of Albanian criminal organizations. European intelligence services have identified about fifteen mafia-style clans operating in northern Albania and involved in smuggling heroin throughout Western Europe. In 2001 and 2002, The Independent and The Times, referring to a UK Home Office briefing, wrote that the “tightening grip” of Albanian gangs on the vice trade was “changing the landscape” of Britain’s sex industry (Burrell 2001).

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