growth and development of the country
and, of course, generates more corruption
Who wants to
put everything one
has worked for at
risk? And by this I
mean your wealth,
your assets, the place
where you and your
family live, etc.
laundering risk is
here. In fact, it is a
highly dynamic risk
because it depends
on the creativity and
sophistication of the criminal. The risk for all
of us is that you or I become another victim
or that our family and friends become victims
too. This is why money laundering should matter
to all of us in a personal way. Beyond complying
with the law, it can affect us. It can affect our
health, economy, and environment; it can even
cause death. Just because we haven’t been
direct victims does not mean we are immune
to it or are too far away from it.
Keep in mind that the cost of money
laundering is death, violence, sickness,
causes violence. People
need to eat so they start
to steal and rob, and
suddenly their crimes
escalate, and they
become real criminals.
and insecurity. But
above all it gives
organized crime the
funds it needs to
operate and expand its criminal activities.
You can contribute to stopping it—to
diminishing its consequences—to protect
our welfare, our health, our security, and our
peace. Everything that we all deserve. ✵
1 Moises Naim: Illicit: The Dark Trade, National Geographic, 2009.
3 Zachary Brennan, “USTR: 97% of Counterfeit Drugs in US Shipped
From Four Countries,” Regulatory Affairs Professionals Society,
May 2, 2016. Available at: http://www.raps.org/regulatoryDetail.
5 John McDowell and Gary Novis, “The Consequences of Money
Laundering and Financial Crime,” Economic Perspectives,
2001; 6(2): 6–8.
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