By Pierre-Arnaud Chouvy

Mainland Southeast Asia is without doubt one of the world’s key areas for the smuggling and trafficking of unlawful items. Armed clash within the area has spurred a global exchange in small hands, and arranged nuclear smuggling earrings are actually believed to function in addition. Human trafficking is common, with childrens being particularly susceptible both for slave labour or sexual exploitation. The zone is being flooded with contraband and counterfeit items similar to pirated videos, clothier label outfits and forex, in particular US funds, when antiques, oil and medications - counterfeit in addition to real ones - also are being smuggled.While such task has been drawing elevated realization, the scope, nature and mechanisms of smuggling and trafficking around the area are faraway from understood. Even much less is understood concerning the a number of synergies which can exist among the various trafficking actions. An Atlas of Trafficking in Southeast Asia brings jointly a workforce of key researchers and cartographic experts to supply a special assessment of the most important different types of unlawful trafficking within the quarter. The members were drawn from quite a number disciplines, reflecting the advanced truth of this diversified and thriving unlawful economic system. Geographer Pierre-Arnaud Chouvy presents a historical past of the drug trafficking routes out and in of the Golden Triangle, whose opium and heroin networks have performed the sort of major position in either the neighborhood and worldwide heritage. Anthropologist David Feingold, makes a speciality of human smuggling and trafficking, a hugely advanced alternate with many explanations and outcomes, when political scientist David Capie examines the unlawful exchange in small hands. there was remarkable rhetoric in regards to the have to take on the illicit palms exchange yet less within the approach of useful motion. Southeast Asia has the top fee of deforestation of any significant tropical quarter, when flora and fauna is at the moment being extracted at six occasions the sustainable expense. Vanda Felbab-Brown, additionally a political scientist, examines the major interrelated issues of unlawful logging and natural world trafficking. eventually, journalist Bertil Lintner surveys the alternate in counterfeit items and contraband, thriving actions in mainland Southeast Asia. Accompanying the textual content is a special sequence of thirty-two full-colour maps. those maps were specially drawn for the atlas and aspect the trafficking hubs, counter-trafficking amenities and border prestige for every of the trafficking actions. Political, ancient, topographic, ecological and linguistic nearby maps also are incorporated. An Atlas of Trafficking in Southeast Asia sheds helpful gentle at the advanced and shadowy international of 1 of the most important areas for unlawful buying and selling. An unheard of reference source, will probably be welcomed by means of pros and lecturers throughout quite a lot of disciplines.

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Indd 20 05/04/2013 12:12 Introduction: Illegal Trades Across National Borders and extent. For instance, human trafficking can have extremely detrimental social and health consequences in source countries as well as in destination countries. ) but is unlikely to have dramatic consequences in destination countries – at least until a probable global impact is felt in these countries. Moreover, some law enforcement activities can have rather perverse and so-called unintended consequences, fuelling other illegal activities than the targeted one as producers and/or smugglers and traffickers resort to alternative economic activities to make up for lost revenues.

In any case, 66 cartography is obviously ‘an art of compromise and partial solutions’, and a knowledge map should never be conflated with the reality it intends to depict or represent. Van Schendel is right when he writes that ‘bold arrows hide more than they reveal’ as many maps of flows are drawn with broad arrows showing only directions and not actual routes or roads, something that was avoided in this atlas. indd 24 05/04/2013 12:12 Introduction: Illegal Trades Across National Borders texts that they illustrate.

In Chapter 7, Bertil Lintner, a journalist, surveys the trade in counterfeit goods and in contraband, two prominent activities in mainland Southeast Asia. Lintner estimates that ‘there is little that can be done to stop the flow of consumer goods – whether real or counterfeit – from China to Southeast and South Asia’. Some of mainland Southeast Asia’s countries rank among the world’s most corrupt countries, with Burma being perceived as the third most corrupt country in the world, after Afghanistan and Somalia (in 2009 and according to Transparency International).

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