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UNODC Meeting: Asset Recovery and Human Trafficking in South Eastern Europe
Updated: Feb 24
Our Co-Founder & CEO Aidan Larkin was invited to speak as part of a panel discussion today at the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)’s Regional Expert Group Meeting: “Financial Investigations and Asset Recovery for Trafficking in Persons Including Compensation on Victims in South Eastern Europe” in the Radon Plaza hotel in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Aidan was joined by Dani Haston, Head of Global Asset Management at our partner Chainalysis and Arben Murtezic, Director of the Centre for Education of Judges and Prosecutors in the Federation of BiH. The panel was moderated by Davor Raus, a Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Officer from the Human Trafficking and Migrant Smuggling Section of UNODC.
They discussed the role of asset recovery in combating cross-border human trafficking, especially when using recovered illicit financial flows to provide compensation to the victims in south-eastern Europe. They examined both the global and regional trends of these types of criminal activity to understand the patterns, mandates and challenges facing asset recovery practitioners around the world.
For over 20 years, UNODC has been working to advance efforts to tackle organised crime, drugs, corruption and terrorism. Through training programs and a network of field offices around the globe, they offer practical assistance to encourage international cooperation.
They estimate that the sum of money laundered globally may be around 2.7% of the global GDP - equivalent to over 1 trillion US dollars! With only 1% of stolen funds ever being recovered, there is little doubt that more needs to be done to combat this international problem.
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