Illicit trade

A Talk by Danielle Dionísio, Serena Favarin, Luca Maiotti, Sabrina Medeiros, Toine Spapens and Maria Zuppello
Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, MILITANT WIRE

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About this talk

This regular panel session will discuss the changing landscape of illicit trade through the lens of illicit arms trafficking, illegal trade in natural resources and cross-border illicit waste trafficking. An analysis of 3D firearm proliferation in Latin America, its impact on Latin American criminal organizations, and the rise of violence on the continent will be provided. The role of geospatial intelligence in light weapons trafficking will be discussed with a specific focus on Atlantic routes, from North Atlantic to South America. The session will also focus on illicit waste trafficking by analyzing the global trafficking network of multiple types of waste and identifying the main drivers of each illegal waste trade. Mafia groups involvement in gold supply chains will be part of the discussion, as organized crime groups have used gold mining, trading, refining and manufacturing as a means to diversify and launder the proceeds of crime.

Serena Favarin

Assistant Professor of Criminology at the Faculty of Political and Social Sciences at Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore and researcher at Transcrime.

Luca Maiotti

Policy Analyst in the Minerals Team of the OECD Centre for Responsible Business Conduct and Member of the GI-TOC Young Professionals Network. Research focus and interest: mafia, gold supply chains, environmental crimes.

Maria Zuppello

Investigative reporter and expert on crime-terror nexus in Latin America.

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