Organised crime goes hand-in-hand with corruption and impunity; there is no defeating one without combatting the other.
Where weak institutions and organised crime come together, society as a whole suffers, along with the ordinary people caught up in the violence, extortion and drug addiction that accompanies organised crime. This applies especially in countries located along the so-called cocaine route in Latin America and West Africa.
Corruption and impunity heavily affect the everyday lives of people in these regions.
When organised crime infiltrates criminal justice institutions, it undermines their work through bribery, extortion and threats. Investigations falter and prosecutions fail.
The resulting impunity paves the way for further crime and corruption. In Latin America, where about a third of the world’s criminal killings happen, less than 20 per