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By Pierre-Arnaud Chouvy

Mainland Southeast Asia is among the world’s key areas for the smuggling and trafficking of unlawful items. Armed clash within the sector has spurred a world alternate in small hands, and arranged nuclear smuggling earrings at the moment are believed to function to boot. Human trafficking is frequent, with kids being specially weak both for slave labour or sexual exploitation. The sector is being flooded with contraband and counterfeit items reminiscent of pirated video clips, fashion designer label outfits and forex, specially US cash, while antiques, oil and medicines - counterfeit in addition to real ones - also are being smuggled.While such task has been drawing elevated realization, the scope, nature and mechanisms of smuggling and trafficking around the zone are faraway from understood. Even much less is understood concerning the numerous synergies which may exist among different trafficking actions. An Atlas of Trafficking in Southeast Asia brings jointly a workforce of key researchers and cartographic experts to supply a different evaluate of the most important types of unlawful trafficking within the sector. The participants were drawn from various disciplines, reflecting the complicated fact of this assorted and thriving unlawful economic climate. Geographer Pierre-Arnaud Chouvy offers a historical past of the drug trafficking routes out and in of the Golden Triangle, whose opium and heroin networks have performed one of these major function in either the local and worldwide historical past. Anthropologist David Feingold, specializes in human smuggling and trafficking, a hugely complicated exchange with many explanations and outcomes, when political scientist David Capie examines the unlawful alternate in small hands. there was awesome rhetoric in regards to the have to take on the illicit fingers alternate yet less within the method of sensible motion. Southeast Asia has the top price of deforestation of any significant tropical zone, when natural world is at the moment being extracted at six instances the sustainable cost. Vanda Felbab-Brown, additionally a political scientist, examines the major interrelated issues of unlawful logging and natural world trafficking. ultimately, journalist Bertil Lintner surveys the exchange in counterfeit items and contraband, thriving actions in mainland Southeast Asia. Accompanying the textual content is a different sequence of thirty-two full-colour maps. those maps were in particular drawn for the atlas and aspect the trafficking hubs, counter-trafficking amenities and border prestige for every of the trafficking actions. Political, ancient, topographic, ecological and linguistic neighborhood maps also are incorporated. An Atlas of Trafficking in Southeast Asia sheds important mild at the advanced and shadowy international of 1 of the foremost areas for unlawful buying and selling. An unheard of reference source, it is going to be welcomed by means of pros and lecturers throughout quite a lot of disciplines.

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New’ Routes for a ‘New’ Drug In the late 1990s, the diversification of drug-trafficking routes increased together with the diversification of illicit drug production. The explosion of methamphetamine production in Burma, in which Khun Sa played a significant role (Lintner and Black, 2009: 62, 63), has led to a resurgence in the use of the Thai route, since Thailand is by far the most significant consumer market of yaa baa, or methamphetamine. indd 42 05/04/2013 12:12 Drug Trafficking In and Out of the Golden Triangle controller’ of the UWSA, being the foremost ‘merchant of madness’ – that is, the ‘heroin kingpin and overlord of most of the methamphetamine production in the Golden Triangle’ (Lintner and Black, 2009: 67).

Trafficking Synergies or Isolated Trends? There is a distinction that goes beyond the one made between smuggling and trafficking. Indeed, smuggling and trafficking vie not only on newly generated resources such as illegal drugs, but also and even more on nonrenewable natural resources: most smuggling and trafficking activities thrive on what can be designated as predatory economies and activities – that is, most notably, plundering of natural resources. What is rarely acknowledged is that such trading can prove much more detrimental to the environment and to human societies than the production of, and trafficking in, illegal drugs (the environmental costs of which should not be ignored either) or counterfeit items (even though counterfeit mechanical parts and medical drugs present obvious dangers).

Five Authors, Six Case Studies This volume addresses the diversity and complexity of illegal trading in mainland Southeast Asia, not by presenting an exhaustive state of illegal trades, but by surveying the scope and multifold nature of the phenomenon. indd 22 05/04/2013 12:12 Introduction: Illegal Trades Across National Borders the region. The attempt here has been to gather contributors who could write about illegal trades from a variety of disciplines and who could contribute to the mapping of the smuggling and trafficking routes according to their respective fields of expertise.

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