Since the 1990s, transnational criminal groups have been engaged in redefining the scope of criminal activity. They operate through networks made up of extremely flexible memberships that often draw on lessons learned from traditional organized crime groups while taking their activities to unprecedented levels of global involvement. Unlike hierarchical organized crime groups, these decentralized criminal networks not only add fluidity to operations but also provide flexibility and adaptability. Operating in all sections of the world, transnational criminal networks have infiltrated virtually every nation, affecting the lives of millions of people who are unaware of their very existence. While their activities are often accompanied by violence, transnational crime groups have become expert at accomplishing their goals in ways that seek to avoid detection. This is often ...

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