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The Sink: Terror, Crime and Dirty Money in the Offshore World: How the Real World Works - Terror, Crime and Dirty Money Hardcover – 25 Sep 2003

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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Constable (25 Sept. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841196827
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841196824
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 15.6 x 3.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 771,822 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The author of the bestselling The Laundrymen (1994) reveals that the dirty money business has doubled in value since he wrote that classic expos . Terrorists and organised crime are even more adept than they once were at exploiting the world's money markets for their own illegal ends and leaving governments and law enforcement stumped for ways to stop them. New technology and advances in IT have made it easier, not harder, for terrorists and criminals to launder cash, notably through offshore banking where rules and regulations are lax and difficult to police. Still a headline-grabbing story and bound to drum up plenty of publicity.

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At the dark heart of global capitalism, where the business of crime and the business of terror do their banking

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I used to work with offshore trust structures and companies and although I never saw any large scale money laundering I was quite well aware of its dangers and the fact that it was rife until the regulations were tightened up in the late 1990s both onshore and offshore.

The author does concentrate on the past in respect to offshore tax havens and does not give enough credit to the Regulatory bodies for tightening up rules by such matters as due diligencing of clients and the use of confidential reporting of suspicious transactions. In my view the real dangers lie onshore as this is where the funds are generated and first washed.

I would also say that we would be fools not to realise that crime constitutes a large part of the economy and therefore any government is caught between having draconian rules thus causing hardship through a collapse in economic system or only catching the obvious abusers.

We also need to be realistic as this is a war which cannot be won as the criminals often have larger budgets than the law enforcement agencies.

The book does make reference to my above concerns so therefore I can recommend it highly as an introduction to this hidden financial world.
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I was told to buy this book, as it's the kind of genre/ topic I like to read on.
Really good!
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Excellent service. Excellent read.
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