Africa: Politics and Societies South of the Sahara

Globalization in the Shadows: Transnational Trafficking in West Africa

Posted in African Politics, Global Africa by ruben eberlein on July 18, 2009

A new ‘threat assessment’ by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) reports on the most important illicit flows of goods and people in West African countries. On top of the business, the researchers say, are the cocaine and oil trade worth about 1 billion US-Dollar a year each. UNODC also focuses on cigarettes, counterfeit medicines, human trafficking, small arms trade and the dumping of toxic trade in the region. ‘Most illicit activity occuring in West Africa is caused by external market forces’, the paper states.