Organized crime reaps profits from product piracy, UN official says

08:41, October 20, 2010      

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Product piracy is to a large extent in the hands of organized crime groups which "have extremely profited from this," said Marco Musumeci, coordinator of the United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute(UNICRI) on Tuesday.

In the European Union (EU) in recent years, forged alcoholic drinks, food, beauty products, toys and drugs were seized particularly. In 2006, over 120 million pieces of forgeries were removed from circulation.

Musumeci pointed that a large scale of forged goods are manufactured and sold by organized crime groups while "the penalties are low and the profits are enormous."

The generated profits will be then invested in other criminal activities, he said.

Meanwhile, organized crime groups also use the piracy for money laundering. The production and expulsion of these products also referred to salve-, child labor and human trafficking, the official added.

He also stressed that forged products not only cause economic losses but also health risks. "They can even be fatal, " he said.

To that end, the coordinator called for the public to refuse to consume forged goods, saying that consuming forged goods is not a trifle mistake but offers supports to organized crime.

Source: Xinhua


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