With advances in technology and the ease of global travel, the world we live in has become, in many ways, as Canadian author Marshall McLuhan predicted “a global village”. This has had a dramatic impact on many aspects of life and society and law enforcement is no exception. The technological explosion and the growth of transnational organized crime and the response of the international community to it, has created many new challenges, not the least of which is the impact on the jobs of law enforcement authorities and auxiliaries of justice in the like of MULUH & PARTNERS.
In a 1989 case, United States of America v. Cotroni, the Supreme Court of Canada, made the following statement:
The investigation, prosecution and suppression of crime for the protection of the citizen and the maintenance of peace and public order is an important goal of all organized societies. The pursuit of that goal cannot realistically be confined within national boundaries. That has long been the case, but it is increasingly evident today. One of the most serious unintended consequences of the globalization that we have been experiencing for the last few years has been the rapid rise of transnational organized crime groups.
There are several reasons for this, including the following;
First, the increasing ease of international communications brings the world to each individual more directly and potentially more dangerously than ever before. The internet allows the individual to access information, do business with and communicate instantly with persons in every nation, but at the same time it allows criminals to perpetrate confidence schemes and stock market manipulations, run illegal gambling operations and peddle child pornography across the globe.
Second, the growth of international commerce and the staggering number of international banking transactions performed every day by major banks provide vital benefits to the world’s economies, but they also present ample opportunity for fraud and theft and allow international money launderers to easily hide their ill-gotten gains.
Third, the fall of Communism in the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe has brought freedom and democracy to millions, but has also resulted in massive economic upheavals in those countries and an often-violent free-for-all among businessmen for the rich natural resources of those regions. These changes have not only spawned new criminal enterprises within the area of former Soviet domination, but have led directly to money laundering and other crimes in the rest of the world as well.
Finally, the international traffic in illegal commodities, chiefly narcotics and would be immigrants to wealthy nations, shows no signs of abating. Organized criminals have already shown themselves to be masters of these illegal markets. Given these developments, it is easy to see why these are boom times for transnational organized crime. The growing threat of transnational organized crime is forcing radical changes in traditional methods of law enforcement. Law enforcement has historically been a matter primarily of domestic concern. Indeed, in many instances our laws and procedures slow us down instead of aiding us in these endeavours. And we have not spent enough time studying the new organized crime groups, learning their faces, their organizations, their ways of doing business. There is a need for further cooperation in obtaining evidence from other countries and conducting joint investigations with law enforcement officials of other countries. Base on this we of MULUH & PARTNERS have build a niche in a bid to track down the perpetrators of such offences to see that victims are put in the position in which they where before the commission of these acts.
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