Asian Organized Crime
Asian organized crime syndicates are behind a number of serious crimes whose impact is felt on a global level. Criminal activities are not limited to Asia itself but are carried out in countries all over the world.
Major activities of these criminal gangs include drug trafficking, human smuggling, money laundering, illegal gambling, extortion and kidnapping.
At INTERPOL, we run a project known as AOC (Asian Organized Crime) that works to combat these complex and pervasive crime networks.
The Project offers a strategic overview of the problem and coordinates operations in the field, bringing together multiple countries in joint action.
It also provides a forum in which law enforcement agencies across the entire globe can share intelligence and experience. Two dedicated working groups have been set up to focus action on a regional basis – one for Asia and the Pacific, the other for Europe.
There are many aspects of Asian organized crime that pose specific challenges to police – for example, the culture, language and structure of the crime groups. Project AOC provides resources and training to the global law enforcement community to address these issues.
Targeting illegal football gambling
We coordinated an operation in Asia during the FIFA World Cup in 2010 to target illegal soccer gambling linked to organized crime gangs. More than 5,000 people were arrested and nearly USD 10 million seized.
The month-long operation was codenamed SOGA III. It saw police across China (including Hong Kong and Macao), Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand identify and raid nearly 800 illegal gambling dens which handled bets worth more than USD 155 million US dollars.
This was the third phase of Operation SOGA, whose overall aim is to identify and dismantle the international criminal networks behind illegal soccer gambling. The operation also has an impact on other crimes such as corruption, money laundering and prostitution as the same networks are connected to all these activities.
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