The Illegal Exploitation of Natural Resources

  title={The Illegal Exploitation of Natural Resources},
  author={Tim Boekhout van Solinge},
This essay discusses the involvement of organized crime in natural resource exploitation and trade. This is accomplished by examining case studies from different tropical regions in the world: Africa (Liberia, Sierra Leone, and DR Congo), Southeast Asia (Indonesia), and Latin America (Brazilian Amazon). In doing so, a new or additional meaning is given to the economic concept of a resource curse. This contribution shows that such a recourse curse can be a crime curse, too.