In recent years, drug use, illegal migration and human trafficking have all become more common in Asia, North America and Asia: the problems of organized crime and human trafficking are no longer confined to operating at the traditional regional level. This book fills a gap in the current literature by examining transnational crime, human trafficking and its implications for human security from both Western and Asian perspectives. The book:
- Provides an outline of the overall picture of organized crime and human trafficking in the contemporary world, examining the current trends and recent developments
- contrasts the experience and perception of these problems in Asia with those in the West, by analyzing the distinctive Japanese perspective on globalization, human security and transnational crime
- examines the policy responses of key states and international institutions in Germany, Canada, the United States, the European Union, Japan, and Korea.
This book argues that any effort to combat these crimes requires a response that addresses the welfare of human beings alongside the standard criminal law response. It represents a timely analysis of the increasingly serious problems of transnational crime, human trafficking and security.
Table of Contents
Introduction - Shiro Okubo and Louise Shelley Part I: Transnational Crime and Human Security 1. Globalization, Human Security, and the Right to Live in Peace - Shiro Okubo 2. Human Security Objectives and the Fight against Transnational Organized Crime and Terrorism - Yvon Dandurand and Vivienne Chin Part II: Transnational Organized Crime and the Legal Reponse 3. Transnational Organized Crime: The German Response - Hans-Joerg Albrecht 4. International Organized Crime Operating in Western Europe: The Judicial and Police Approach Against Organized Crime in the European Union - Joaquin Gonzalez Ibanez 5. Crime in Japan and Its Relation to International Organized Crime - Ueda Kan 6. Drug Trafficking in Korea - Sung-Kwon Cho Part III: Human Smuggling and Trafficking 7. International Trafficking: An Important Component of Transnational Crime - Louise Shelley 8. Foreign Women’s Life and Work in the Entertainment Sector of Korea from the Human Trafficking Perspective - Dong-Hoon Seol and Geon-Soo Han 9. Trafficking in Persons in the Americas: An Overview - John T. Picarelli Part IV: Responding to Human Smuggling and Trafficking 10. The EU Combat against Illegal Immigration, Smuggling, and Trafficking in Human Beings: Its Impact on Spanish Law - Emiliano García Coso 11. Japanese Experience and Response in Combating Trafficking - Atushi Kondo 12. The Trafficking of Thai Women to Japan and Countermeasures of the Thai Government - Yuriko Saito
Shiro Okubo is a Professor of Law and the Dean of the Institute of International Studies and Area Studies at Ritsumeikan University, Japan. He is the author of The Individual and Associations as Human Rights Actors in Post-War Japan and co-editor of Crime and Human Right in the Borderless Society. Louise Shelley is Professor in the School of Public Policy at George Mason University, USA; she is the founder and Director of the Terrorism, Transnational Crime and Corruption Center (TraCCC). She recently co-edited Human Traffic and Transnational Crime: Eurasian and American Perspectives.
"A compelling read,this book is loaded with current research on transnational crime and human traficking; it also includes many valuable figures and tables. The book is also well organized, which prevents the research from becoming overwhelming... I believe this book has considerable value for any security professional whose company's goods or services cross international boundaries, as well as for those simply interested in learning more about international crime and human trafficking." - Kevin D. Eack; Security Management, May 2012