Over 150 billion dollars of "dirty" money is laundered each year in Europe alone. Organized criminal activity is taking advantage of the new global economy and the free trade market. Sophisticated criminal groups are forging links, extending their operations and widening their fiefdoms. London crime firms sell Lebanese heroin provided by Turkish gangs, Columbian cocaine obtained from Nigerian groups and crack produced by Jamaican Yardies. Arrangements with the Mafia, the Triads, the Yakuza, the Russian Mafia and the South American cartels allow a tide of misery to spread multinationally. This book looks at the problem from the bottom up: from the street gangs whose daily business includes drug dealing, prostitution and robbery, through to the gigantic transnational organizations behind them. David Southwell has made an in-depth study of the criminal networks operating in the world today - the climate of fear they spread, the horrifying crimes they commit and the everyday lives of their members.
David Southwell was born near Southend on the English coast. He has written a number of bestselling books on conspiracy theories and organized crime.