I found Hitha Prabhakar's "Black Market Billions: How Organized Retail Crime Funds Global Terrorists" to be a fascinating and engaging read on a topic that although I knew I didn't realize it was as broad and ambitious as it is. The book was quite interesting with descriptions of the various links in the long chain of retail organized crime (ORC). And I had no idea how much money from these criminal networks gets shipped overseas and some of it gets to terrorist groups.
The book is divided into three main sections. The first section, The Economics of Piracy, examines crime in a broader scope and includes chapters on organized crime in retail going global, when a deal isn't a deal and the cost. for stores. This is a great primer on how ORC is cheating on retailers and costing them more money than I thought, and how governments are losing taxes because of the huge ORC rings.
In the second part, Follow the Money, the other profiles are different links in the ORC chain. Chapters include Money Trail and Cross Border Trade Business, Recall and Closure Profile, Family Ties, Money Laundering 2.0, Money Laundering 2.0, ; political agenda and Strange Bedfellows. These chapters touch on those who walk into stores and supply products to terrorists and organized criminals on a global scale.
Part Three, Putting a Band-Aid on a Broken Leg, is the shortest section of the book and has chapters on failing preventative measures and letting the bad guy get away. This section presents brief possible solutions to this global problem. Wish we had more solutions, but maybe no one knows what to do yet. (However, the history of the California mall gives hope that simple solutions may be able to reduce the problem.) I also hope that this book, by raising awareness of the problem, may prevent some people from getting rid of the problem. 39; buy illegal products, but cheaper. sold through these organized crime networks.
There were parts of the book where I would have liked the author to go into more detail, but I understand that it's still a task to figure out how much or how little to include when it comes to the depth of a topic. There were over 400 endnotes so the author certainly researched the topic, but I haven't checked all the sources, and some may not be as reliable as others. Some of the dots connected in this book may not have been properly joined, but to be honest, there are a LOT of dots to connect.
Overall I think this is an important book for people to read and understand the magnitude of an ORC problem, and with that awareness start looking for ways to do it. Something.