Last Thursday, at the headquarters of the European Union police force in The Hague, Europol head Ron Wainwright made a sensational statement. According to Wainwright, in Europe there are more than 5 thousand organized criminal groups working on a method of transnational corporations. These criminal community significantly upgraded its work in recent years and is now used for criminal purposes-the-art technology.
The criminal business as a "collar"
Of particular concern is Ron Wainwright cybercrime. This topic is now popular with officials and politicians. Some were concerned about theft from bank accounts. The other - a leak of confidential information. The head of Europol said another aspect of the use of information technology, which is armed with criminal groups.
More recently, they have adapted to their open communication online platform and anonymous and protected part of the Internet - the darknet. These resources are not just messaging. Here you can for the execution of a criminal job, or vice versa - to find a performer.
Particularly active in this regard traffickers. Europol, by the way, it was originally created to coordinate the fight against drug trafficking. Later on the police service of the European Union laid more and counter-terrorism, illegal arms trafficking, child pornography and money laundering.
However, until now the drug trade remains a major field of activity of Europol. It's not only in the past specialized European police service, but also on the scale of drug production and distribution. According to Ron Wainwright, more than a third of organized crime groups involved in drug trafficking. He makes a profit of the order of EUR 24 billion. Annually.
High income corresponds to and equipped criminals. At their disposal innovative chemical laboratories, which produce synthetic drugs, and modern means of delivery. Today, for the transportation of goods of criminal traffickers began to use drones.
The head of Europol said the news is rather strange. He noted that now "crimes become part of the service sector." Wainwright is not the first one who gave this assessment of the activities of criminals. At the time, British Prime Minister David Cameron initiated the accounting of income from illegal businesses, including drug trafficking and prostitution, in the gross domestic product.
UK economy then look no better. Manipulation of the proceeds of crime have allowed the British government to support the level of GDP, worthy of a developed country. It happened three years ago. Times newspaper, citing sources in the statistical department then evaluated prostitution market in the UK in 3 billion pounds per year, and the illegal trafficking of drugs -. In 7 billion pounds.. The cumulative growth of GDP was 10 billion. Pounds, or more than 16 billion. US dollars.
Since accounting of the proceeds of crime in the GDP for the EU has become the norm. Now, as we see, they are classified by the "part of the service sector." In other words, the drug trade has become a business is business, and new European values rooted paradoxical notion. There is nothing to be surprised. In recent years, European politicians and officials often ignore the crime in the EU. This is especially true of offenses involving migrants. In this way, supported by the apparent prosperity of the Union.
His statement Ron Wainwright has shown the scale of the problem, and that it is not law-abiding Europeans racked nerves, introduced criminal business, as a kind of benefit to the public - "part of the service sector", is equipped with modern drones.
With an ax to passengers
The German agency DPA, commenting on the statement by the head of Europol, timidly observed that in the EU "remains consistently high and the number of traditional crimes - car theft, fraud, money laundering, pickpocketing." Agency modestly leave out the specification of their violent crimes.
Meanwhile, it is the violence, danger to life and health are concerned respectable burghers. In the evening of the same day, when the head of Europol in The Hague made his sensational statement at the train station in Düsseldorf, an immigrant from Kosovo with an ax chased after people. The four victims were hospitalized with serious injuries.
The police managed to apprehend the villain. Running from his pursuers, he jumped off the bridge and broke his legs. Authorities declared a detainee skorenko crazy and locked up in a psychiatric hospital. A similar case occurred last summer in Bavaria. There's a young refugee from Afghanistan passengers smashed the ax right in the car commuter train. The local media have written about 21 wounds, but police denied this information. Authorities said the five injured, three of whom suffered serious injuries.
At the time, a visitor from Asia did not declare crazy. It's just a shot during the arrest. It happens that the perpetrators escape punishment altogether. It happened in the already mentioned Dusseldorf on Friday. Here the unknown man attacked with a machete at passers-by. "The attack in Düsseldorf were slightly wounded two Italian women. This aunt and niece of Bergamo ", - the newspaper La Repubblica word consul of Italy in Cologne Emilio Lolly. The Germans, as usual, provide a more soothing data. According to the newspaper Bild, with severe injuries was hospitalized, only one person - man. The assailant managed to escape.
German authorities incidents of violence called "single crime". Thus society creates the appearance of being, behind the facade of official statistics which only leads the account, for example, thousands of rapes (Bild in a figure close to 4000). In this sense, more frank French. In their press sometimes criminal gang activity is extensively discussed that Ron Wainwright outlined the dry statistics.
Research Department Police Judiciaire ( «judicial police") in the past year stated amount of growth and intensification of organized crime groups, primarily ethnic - Kosovo, Romania, Bulgaria, the Baltic, African, Latin American, Chinese, Russian-speaking, and so on.
Homegrown criminals French do not believe in organized groups. While five years ago, Le Figaro newspaper, citing a secret report on "Judicial Police", dedicated to the fight against organized crime, wrote about a criminal 20 regional communities. Since then, in the open access official information of this kind does not leak, and the media organized criminal groups are now qualify as ethnic.
Among them there are not too noisy criminal community involved money laundering, fraud real estate, organization of clandestine betting and other illegal business. There are groups whose crimes occur in the society mind openly. They are particularly common in the southern port cities of the country, for example, in Marseille.
One time is to clean the city from the gangsters even planned military operation. Then change your mind. Last year, the demonstrative showdown gangsters with machine-gun shooting and car chases in Marseille happened almost every week. According to police, in the disassembly of the year killed nearly 30 people. Approximately the same number counted the wounded.
Arsenal have serious gangsters. During the war in Kosovo in army warehouses rastaskali under a million barrels of firearms. Now, they profit from the Albanian mafia. In France, a Kalashnikov, it sells an average of 2,5 thousand euros. Price - affordable by local standards. How to find the prosecutors investigating the terrorist attacks in Paris in November 2015 years, namely the Albanians have sold machines to terrorists through the German mediator.
Similar examples can be found in other European countries, but local politicians and officials are trying to get their attention. Tom two reasons. Firstly, a people may not really notice the criminal activities of criminal community, if it is silent about the media. For politicians it is the benefit: fewer complaints from voters to the obvious failures in the work of the authorities.
Secondly, Europe for many years has shaped the world's image of a prosperous society, a kind of role model for other countries. Now it is difficult to accept that, for example, African or Latin American gangs are behaving exactly in European cities as well as in Brazil, Sao Paulo or Lagos, Nigeria. Not far behind them, and a homegrown gangsters that absolutely does not fit into the "European values."
Europeans have much to ponder. Like it or not, at the crime still social roots. The more unstable it becomes a world in which there are criminals, the freer feel all these criminal groups and communities. Here are the current European and disease spawned such intensification of crime, that the head of Europol Ron felt it necessary to show the scale of the problem. Wainwright still could not resist and prudently camouflaged part of the crimes under the "service sector". The head of Europol did not dare so much shock European society ...