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Media constructing organised crime concepts in an extended criminal Europe: Trafficking women for sexual exploitation
Spencer, Jon

This paper reports on the findings from `organised crime, corruption and the movement of people across borders in the new enlarged EU: A case study of Estonia, Finland and the UK`, an AGIS funded research project. The construction of `organised crime` in the media is explored using the movement of people across borders as a case study. A range of press reports were analysed that reported on the role of `organised crime` in the movement of people. Consideration is given to how a specific model of `organised crime` is presented and how this model informs both law enforcement policy and practice. Furthermore, a discussion of how the specific model of `organised crime` also informs the construction of different crime types is included in this paper. Importantly, the paper draws on Hobbs` argument that `The notion of organised crime, particularly in the current vogue form of `trans-nationality`, needs to be reconsidered in the light of empirical research, which indicates that ever mutating interlocking networks of locally-based serious criminality typifies the situation.` The recent UK case of the Demarku brothers will serve as an illustration of both how the current media constructions support the idea of a specific model of `organised crime`, which demonstrates the groundedness of Hobbs` argument. The concluding argument in the paper is that these constructions are important in understanding how official responses construct and respond to the idea of extended and extending criminal Europe.

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The Cross-Border Crime Colloquium is an annual event since 1999. It brings together experts on international organised (economic) crime to discuss the latest developments in empirical research, legislation and law enforcement, with a special geographical focus on Western, Central, and Eastern Europe. The Colloquia aim at building bridges in three respects: between East and West Europe, between scholars and practitioners, and between old and young.
2019Olsztyn, Poland
2021Kongsvinger, Norway (Virtual)
2019Utrecht, the Netherlands
2018Kharkiv, Ukraine
2017Bratislava, Slovakia
2016Newcastle, United Kingdom
2015Prague, Czech Republic
2014Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzeg.
2013Cambridge, United Kingdom
2012Manchester, United Kingdom
2011Tilburg, The Netherlands
2009Ghent, Belgium
2008Beograd, Serbia
2007Prague, Czech Republic
2006Tallinn, Estonia
2005Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzeg.
2004Berlin, Germany
2003Ainring, Germany
2002Ljubljana, Slovenia
2001Bratislava, Slovakia
2000Budapest, Hungary
1999Prague, Czech Republic

The 22nd Cross-border Crime Colloquium will be hosted by the The University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn, Poland on 10 and 11 October 2022. We will soon share the agenda and details on how to attend.
For information, please contact
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