Crime Does Pay! The Industry’s Vulnerability to Criminality



Crime became an inevitable part of the diamond industry and also a part of our postmodern society. The question is what is crime in general, and what is diamond-related crime in particular. In this chapter, the vulnerability of the diamond pipeline to criminality is analysed in each of its phases, from production to retail. There are plenty of possibilities to steal, hide, and transport rough and polished diamonds. An attempt is made here to explain the criminal logic and the attractiveness of diamonds for illicit activities. Cultural explanation of the ‘Western invention’ of crimes, such as smuggling and corruption are followed by detailed discussion of specific criminal cases of diamond-related crimes. Crime is important to increase the value of diamonds.


Criminal Organisation Criminal Group Organise Crime Gift Exchange Illicit Activity 
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© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2009

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of Utrecht Willem Pompe Institute for Criminial LawUtrechtNetherlands

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