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Despite the lack of systematic research, there is general consensus that organised crime can be found throughout the Pacific Islands and the Police Commissioner of New Zealand has been quoted saying 'that criminal enterprises in the Islands account for $300 billion annually'. Among the most significant types or organised crime in the South Pacific are narcotrafficking, migrant smuggling, and firearms trafficking. There have been, as of late, some isolated reports about trafficking in persons, especially women, to and from the Pacific Islands. Domestic laws in the Pacific Islands have often been ill-equipped to deal with new and emerging organised crime issues. The Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) Secretariat in Suva, Fiji, has taken on a leading role in establishing a regional framework to prevent and suppress transnational organised crime.

Keywords: organised crime; Pacific Islands; Pacific Islands Forum (PIF); trafficking



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