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Transnational crime needs transnational law enforcement.

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9 March 2000

Transnational crime needs transnational law enforcement "International coalitions and cooperative efforts are key to defeating organised crime," Senator the Hon Amanda Vanstone, Minister for Justice and Customs said today.

"The break down of the Cold War Blocs, the information revolution, the globalisation of business, and rapid advances in science and technology give organised crime new opportunities, and the capacity to exploit them across borders.

"Today we face crime threats barely foreseeable a decade ago, such as Internet child pornography and Russian organised crime.

"Technology also facilitates traditional forms of transnational crime such as money laundering and trafficking in drugs and firearms.

"People smuggling and trafficking in human beings may now be the fastest growing of these new transnational crimes.

"We need to understand that people smuggling - like other crime - is big business. People are regarded by these criminal organisations as simply another commodity from which significant and illegal profits can be made.

"In this filthy business it is a human cargo that is ‘harvested’, ‘warehoused’, ‘packaged’, ‘bulk carried’, and ‘distributed’ around the world.

"Intelligence obtained by the AFP’s overseas liaison network suggests that the criminal organisations involved in the commercial shipment of narcotics to Australia are also probably responsible for the transportation of unlawful arrivals to our shores.

"Combating transnational crime can’t be done by sticking within jurisdictional boundaries. Criminals and crime ignore these man made limitations.

Senator Vanstone was speaking at the Australian Institute of Criminology’s conference on Transnational Crime, and released the Institute’s paper Human Smuggling and Trafficking, an overview of the response at the Federal level.