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Partners in Crime: Triad Groups Move to Exploit Mainland China

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Original languageEnglish
Number of pages4
Issue number11
JournalIHS Jane's Intelligence Review
Publication statusPublished - 2012

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There is an increasing trend towards 'mainlandisation' of criminal activities by triads based in Hong Kong and Taiwan, who see market opportunities on the Chinese mainland driven by the booming economy and police corruption. The principal triad interest is in gambling, although prostitution and drug trafficking also figure as lucrative illegal activities. Nevertheless, mainlandisation will not necessarily result in triads monopolising mainland China's illegal markets, because locally based crime groups continue to benefit from protection by corrupt state authorities.

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