FREEDOM COLLABORATIVE. The Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime (GI-TOC) has found that human trafficking is the world’s most pervasive criminal economy, fueled by mass displacement, conflict and dire socio-economic conditions. In the recently published first edition of its Global Organized Crime Index, GI-TOC states that the COVID-19 pandemic has given traffickers an opportunity to further exploit victims and take advantage of the increased vulnerability of many communities.
The Global Organized Crime Index is a unique data-driven tool that assesses the levels of organized crime and resilience to organized criminal activity in all 193 United Nations member states. Each country is assigned a criminality score as well as a resilience score on a scale of one to 10. The findings from the data are introduced in a report entitled Global Organized Crime Index 2021 and presented as an interactive website tool. By sharing this information, the creators hope to contribute to better policymaking and more effective responses to organized crime at international, national and regional levels.
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