The Pandemic is Disrupting Organized Crime, But Not Necessarily for the Better

Published in The Dialogue

By Robert Muggah

The Covid-19 pandemic is disrupting globalization and temporarily disorienting the criminal underworld. Following the imposition of curfews and quarantines affecting more than two-thirds of the global population, many countries experienced a temporary lull in violent crime. Yet there are signs that criminal actors are adjusting to the new normal, and making an opportunity out of this crisis. Meanwhile, crime groups are migrating online like the rest of us to where the action is. If left to their own devices, they could make the world a more dangerous place.

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