For the past decades, the world has experienced a lot of transformations that have seen various reactions across the globe. The UAE has been a leader in its development. But transnational crime is acting as a major threat in the country. Transnational organized crime happens when more than one member from different states mainly executes and plans illegal businesses within the UAE national borders. Despite the UAE being a leader in most of the goodwill, a growing number of cartels are struggling to engage in illegal business. However, the UAE remains one of the most secure places in terms of conducting business. But transnational organized crime shouldn’t be taken lightly. Therefore, this paper looks at the impact of transnational organized crime and how it could affect the current UAE status.
Sources of Transnational Organized Crime
Transnational organized crime comes in many forms (Finckenauer, 2000). This is due to the different kinds of cartels that are operating in their different operations. Different kinds of transnational organized crime are set to benefit a growing number of individuals. Most of the victims are left to suffer at the hands of the operations. One of the major perceived transnational organized crime activities is the growing number of human trafficking. This term is not new in the world today. The UAE being in its development record is facing this challenge. This is due to the fact that most of humans seek job vacancies there. Other cartels have taken the role of pretending to be agents of job seeking individuals. A lot of people have been smuggled into the UAE and other Arab nations like Saudi in seek of job. These people pay a lot of money when they are promised that they will be employed after they cross to the UAE region. But it is quite shocking that most of them end up being captives or stranded in regions they are not aware of. The other thing is the illegal smuggling of goods. The UAE has been a hub for most of the precious world commodities like diamond and gold. This trade has been recently been on the lookout due to low quality substances and fake ones being smuggled (Lampe, 2012, pp. 179-194). Due to them being cheap, most of the people have fallen culprits and they have lost millions of dollars. Another major source of transnational organized crime in the UAE has been drug trafficking. Most of the regions in the UAE have been restricted to use any kind of drug. This is in line with the strict laws of the Muslim community and the local government enacting measures to control use of drugs. So, most of the cartels are seeking alternatives to smuggle drugs into the UAE using back doors. This is a problem in the UAE if it doesn’t remain on the lookout. Cheaper drugs are readily available in the UAE and most of the students will face a great failure of addiction when inappropriate control measures aren’t put in place. Drug trafficking could end up leading to a collapse of most of the deeds of the organization (Kostakos, 2018).
Impacts of Transnational Organized Crime
What worries more is the impact of transnational organized crime (Bibes, 2001). It is quite clear that when the issues aren’t put in the light, a lot of them are left to suffer a lot. One of the major impacts is the damaged reputation of the nation. Often, when one country is involved in a number of crimes, its reputation will be damaged (Bibes, 2001). This means that other nations and people will take great caution when making their involvements in the two regions. A damaged reputation is likely to cost the country a lot of operations. Another major threat that is identified is the economic downfall. The economy of every country is the backbone of all developments in the nation. When the economy is affected, the country will lack a support towards its developments (Finckenauer, 2000). The disruptions in the economic wellbeing will reduce the investments and other goals of the country. Another impact is that the level of crimes will rise in the region causing a depletion in the formal operations of the country. With high crimes, insecurity will rise in most of the parts of the nation which is a big blow to the development record that has been seen in the past. Cross-boarder wars have also risen in the past as a result of the crime. Cold relations are likened to occur more if more of the criminals are originating from other states rather than the parent country. This could lead to the removal of the formal diplomatic ties which have a long-haul effect that could be carried on to the later operations of the nation.
Responding to Transnational Organized Crime
The UAE needs to strategize on the way forward to ensure that transnational organized crime is well tackled. This means that appropriate assembly of a tribunal to investigate on these crimes needs to be set in place. Despite there been minimal occurrences of transnational organized crime, the UAE needs to collaborate with other states to enforce strict terms against the purported organized crime. Also, the nation needs to have a special force to investigate on the cases or any plans to have organized crime taking place (Albanese, 2000, pp. 409-423). Also, special courts should be taking the cases to fasten the prosecution. Different foreseeing bodies also needs to team up properly for the purpose of ensuring that they reduce the severity of the occurrences of these risks.
Transnational organized crime is one of the major issues that is affecting tranquility in the world. Most of the crime results in illegal businesses but they have yet seen a lot of the operators raising millions of dollars in the engagements. The fight against this set of crime is not straightforward. There needs more time and adequate steps to be implemented for the purpose of gaining the right response against the threats of this kind of crime. More research needs to be conducted to understand the root cause and operations of the cartels.
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