Transnational Crime and Its Trends in South-East Asia: A Detailed Narrative in Vietnam

  • Citation: Luong, Hai Thanh. “Transnational Crime and Its Trends in South-East Asia: A Detailed Narrative in Vietnam.” International Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy 9, no. 2 (2020): 88–101.
    • Topics:
    • Conflict and Security
    • Keywords:
    • South-East Asia
    • Vietnam
    • national security
    • transnational crime
    • law enforcement

While implementing economic and political reforms to develop society and the economy since 1986, Vietnam has faced serious challenges to national security and social order associated with the complexities of transnational crimes (e.g., illegal drugs, human trafficking, green crimes and high-tech crimes). Additionally, as an uncharted territory in the field of criminology and policing, overall assessment of these crimes in Vietnam is still absent. Lack of knowledge and background on transnational crimes in Vietnam is considered one of the barriers to full understanding of the nature of cross-border criminals in comparison to other South-East Asian countries. This study analyses specific characteristics and modus operandi of transnational crimes in Vietnam by examining these particularly severe crimes. Findings show there are sophisticated cunning associated with flexible activities to avoid law enforcement monitors. Findings call for further research to inform policymakers and scholars.

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