Recorded on December 14, 2020
Communities are under siege by crimes for profit. When
criminals make money, regardless of method (fraud, human trafficking, drugs,
counterfeit or stolen goods, cargo, identity theft, or organized retail theft),
they create a shadow economy. This illicit activity competes with and erodes the
economic stability of our communities. Unique research into the economic impact
of the Shadow Economy reveals the critical need to support skilled, targeted
investigations, and effective prosecution. Unfortunately, there are
ever-increasing efforts to decriminalize non-violent crimes. These policies are
fueling the unprecedented growth of the Shadow Economy. In order to defend
communities from this threat, investigators will require a counter-narrative to
illustrate how these policies are generating more crime, propagating violence,
and ultimately leading to urban decay.
David Lake, CEO,
Center on Shadow Economics
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