Transnational Illicit Trafficking (TransIT) Pathways

Authors: Marcus Boyd*, University of Maryland - College Park, Joshua House, University of Maryland - College Park, Brady Woods, University of Maryland - College Park
Topics: Applied Geography, Geographic Information Science and Systems, Economic Geography
Keywords: trafficking, non-state actors, transnational criminal networks, human trafficking, resource trafficking
Session Type: Poster
Day: 4/6/2019
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:40 AM
Room: Lincoln 2, Marriott, Exhibition Level
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The Transnational Illicit Trafficking (TransIT) project seeks to develop a comprehensive understanding of licit and illicit trafficking pathways on a global scale. The overall goal of the project is a platform that can model a given non-state actor's least cost path given a series of generally constant variables (levels of corruption, travel speeds, wait times, etc.) and various intervening variables (ports of entry on high alert, detection equipment, "unfriendly" territory, etc.). For this presentation, we will demonstrate the model's utility in modeling cross-border trafficking. We will detail how the inclusion of increasingly complex variables alters the least cost path potentially used by transnational criminal organizations and other non-state actors. Further, we will demonstrate how the interplay between legal, illegal, licit, and illicit allow for a global trafficking supply chain.

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