Solo in Transnational Crime

Edgar Tijhuis, NSCR

Transnational crime is often seen as the cross-border variation of organized crime. Transnational criminal networks and criminal organizations are considered to be the main actors with this type of crime. However, with some transnational crimes, individuals who merely work alone play a dominant role. These individuals can e.g. be found in the illicit art and antiquities trade. Starting from my empirical research in this field I will argue that these individuals should be given a place within the theory of transnational crime, besides the transnational networks and organizations. Furthermore, they are crucial to understand the legal - illegal interface around transnational crime.

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Updated 05/20/2006