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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

Operation Soga is an ongoing tactical operation coordinated by INTERPOL, which aims 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.

As of 2013, four Soga operations have resulted in 2,360 successful raids, the closure of illegal gambling dens which handled illegal bets worth more than USD 2 billion, and the seizure of more than USD 27 million in cash.