Organized crime generates $90 bn a year in East Asia/Pacific

Sydney, Apr 16 (EFE).- Organized criminal groups generate about $90 billion per year from their illicit activities in East Asia and the Pacific region, according to a report presented Tuesday in Sydney, Australia, by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime.

The study, entitled "Transnational Organized Crime in East Asia and the Pacific: A Threat Assessment," details the routes and provides an estimate of the annual income of criminal groups from activities including human trafficking, illegal drugs, environmental crimes and counterfeit medications and consumer goods.

"This report outlines the mechanics of illicit trade," UNODC Deputy Executive Director Sandeep Chawla said at the report's launch in Sydney.

"It looks at how criminal enterprises have developed alongside legitimate commerce and taken advantage of distribution and logistics chains. It offers estimates of values to prompt public debate and makes recommendations to address these problems," he said.

Counterfeit goods, illegally cut wood, heroin and methamphetamines are the items bringing the biggest profits to criminal outfits, according to the report.