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Response to: Morselli, C., Turcotte, M. and Tenti, V. (2010) The Mobility of Criminal Groups

NCJ Number
Global Crime Volume: 12 Issue: 3 Dated: August 2011 Pages: 189-206
Daniel Silverstone
Date Published
August 2011
18 pages
This article examines the spread of organized crime into new geographic areas.
The degree to which organized crime groups extend their activities and influence into new geographic areas is a major concern for law enforcement officials and policymakers worldwide. Over the past decade, a number of researchers have conducted specialized studies and reviews of this phenomenon, and have offered a number of explanations of its underlying drivers. Recently, Morselli, Turcotte, and Tenti were commissioned by Public Safety Canada to prepare a report on this topic, The Mobility of Criminal Groups, which reviewed several case studies and prior commentaries and, based on an inductive (evidence-based) process, offered a conceptual framework for understanding how organized crime groups come to establish themselves (successfully or unsuccessfully) in places outside their area of origin. The current discussion article consists of a written response to Morselli et al.'s report, reflecting on their position in light of recent research on Vietnamese organized crime in the United Kingdom. (Published Abstract)