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Misha Glenny Talks About the World Mafia

Organised crime is getting more and more organised.

The crime business now accounts for around 15% of the world GDP. BBC journalist, Misha Glenny, explains with passion and eloquence just how deregulisation and globalisation has played into the hands of the mafia networks of the world, aided by the absurd War on Drugs.

And while we might still cherish some romantic images of the mafia thanks to movies like Goodfellas and The Godfather, these are the kinds of guys who, while smuggling heroin across the Black Sea, take some prostitutes with them to sell into slavery – if the coastguard comes they throw the women overboard so that the police are forced to give up pursuit to rescue them.

It’s nothing personal, just business.

Take it away, Misha.