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Examine the relationship between crimes against the environment and the progress of globalisation (21marks)

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Examine the relationship between crimes against the environment and the progress of globalisation (21marks)

Globalisation is the widening, deepening and speeding up of worldwide interconnectedness in all aspects of life, from the cultural to the criminal, the financial to the spiritual. Globalisation has many causes, such as the spread of new information and communication technologies, the influence of global mass media, cheap air travel, and easier movement so that business can easily relocate to countries where profits will be greater.

Manuel Castells (1998) argues there is now a global criminal economy worth over £1 trillion per year, this takes a number informs. These include arms trafficking, trafficking in nuclear materials, smuggling of illegal immigrants, trafficking in women and children, sex tourism, trafficking in body parts, cyber-crimes, green crimes international terrorism, smuggling of legal goods, trafficking in cultural artefacts, trafficking in endangered species, the dugs trade and money laundering. The global economy could not function without a supply side that provides the source of the drugs, sex workers and other goods.

Taylor links global crime to the way the capitalist system has developed. Two important features have been the rise of transnational corporations which are companies that

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