Organized crime a $870 billion a year business: UNODC

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A new global awareness campaign on the impact of organized crime has been launched by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).

With a turnover estimated to be around US$ 870 billion a year, organized criminal networks profit from the sale of illegal goods wherever there is a demand.

Charles Appel reports.

The aim of the new Public Service Announcement is to make people aware of the true cost of crime.

Drugs, guns, money laundering and human traffic are all depicted in the video.

The UN Office on Drugs and Crime says profiling this multibillion dollar a year threat to peace, human security and prosperity in the campaign, illustrates the key financial and social costs of this international problem.

UNODC says illicit funds are worth more than 6 times the amount of official development assistance, and are comparable to 1.5 per cent of global GDP, or 7 per cent of the world's exports of merchandise.

Charles Appel, United Nations

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