by Dawit W Giorgis
Transnational crime is the most lucrative illegal business on earth. Transnational crimes are motivated by the incredibly huge amount of money they can generate which range from US$1.6 trillion and $2.2 trillion per year—for the crimes identified by Global Financial Integrity 2017 report. These crimes finance terrorism and corruption across the globe. Transnational crimes destroy local economies, undermine all international and domestic laws, destabilize nations and threaten the safety and security of people.
Despite intense and concerted scrutiny and efforts to compel governments and the private sector to adhere to domestic and international laws and promote more transparency, transnational crimes particularly the 11 mentioned below have thrived to an unprecedented level. They succeed because they collude with government and private sector officials. These are real problems that threaten global security more than any other.
This article is about migrants and organ trafficking, listed fourth in the above table, a crime against humanity, against the poor and the helpless, against those who, through no fault of their own, have been pushed out of their country, lost and confused, who needed compassion but face murder and mutilation almost routinely.