Gun smuggling vs. organ smuggling vs. human trafficking


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Gun smuggling, organ smuggling, and human trafficking are part of the common transnational crimes. Gun smuggling involves the illegal trafficking of guns, ammunition and related weapons to other countries. Differences in gun control legislation and large firearm base in some of the countries allows the smuggling of firearm. Gun smuggling is characterized by a wide range of participants mostly the entrepreneurs and full-fledged members of criminal organizations (National Institute of justice).  These participants are the one who drive the market, some as consumers and other as suppliers.

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It may also involve deception or enticement of a person under vulnerability situation. The person in control of the victim is paid a negotiated sum by the trafficker.

Human trafficking is a multi-million dollars industry involving the trafficking of men, women, and children. This crime has affected almost all countries either as origin, transit or destination of victims. Common issues that drive human trafficking include forced slavery, prostitution, and sexual exploitation. This crime often takes place across state boundaries as well as across international borders (Aronowitz, 59). Anti-human trafficking strategy require domestication of international legislation in order to prevent, suppress ad punish human traffickers.

Works cited

Aronowitz, Alexis. Human trafficking, human misery: the global trade in human beings. New York: Greenwood Publishing Group. 2009. Print.

Cukier, Wendy & Sidel, Victor. The Global gun epidemic: from Saturday night specials to AK-47s. New York: Greenwood Publishing Group. 2006. Print.

Fairchild, Erika & Dammer, Harry. Comparative criminal justice systems.  London, Wadsworth/Thomson Learning. 2001. Print.

National Institute of justice. Transnational organized Crime. Webhttp://www.nij.gov/topics/crime/transnational-organized-crime/welcome.htm Web. Nov. 29, 2011

Shimazono, Yosuke. The state of the international organ trade: a provisional picture based on the integration of available information. World Health organization. Web < http://www.who.int/bulletin/volumes/85/12/06-039370/en/> Web Nov. 29, 2011.

United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). Human Trafficking. Web. http://www.unodc.org/unodc/en/human-trafficking/what-is-human-trafficking.html  Nov.29, 2011.