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Decoding Albanian Organized Crime$
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Jana Arsovska

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780520282803

Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520282803.001.0001

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Sex, Guns, and Extortion

Sex, Guns, and Extortion

(p.195) Chapter 6 Sex, Guns, and Extortion
Decoding Albanian Organized Crime

Jana Arsovska

University of California Press

Chapter 6 provides a careful examination of the cultural influences behind some common Albanian criminal activities. Should one blame the Albanian customary Kanun laws for the increased involvement of Albanians in trafficking women for sexual exploitation? Basically, how do Albanian criminals select illicit markets? Do cultural and emotional factors play a role in the selection of criminal activities? This chapter elaborates on the nature of the criminal activities in which Albanian offenders are commonly engaged. It reflects on the neutralization techniques used by Albanian organized crime figures to justify their crimes. It also examines links between culture and gender, human trafficking and subordination of women, illicit trade in firearms and gun culture, and extortion and hospitality.

Keywords:   Human trafficking, Arms trafficking, Extortion, Gun culture, Gender, Pop Culture, Neutralization techniques, Kanun of Lek Dukagjini, Albanian organized crime

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