The globalized world has created its own share of globalized problems. Online gambling has seen an estimated rise of 150 percent over the last ten years, and with it, comes a wave of international organized crime.
According to Europol’s senior specialist Nick Garlick, there’s good reason for the criminals to be interested:
“It’s compelling for serious criminals, because it’s high reward and low risk. There’s a lot of money to be made, and many are willing to get involved.”
The Asian situation
According to Nick Garlick, Asian criminals are heavily involved in betting fraud and matchfixing all over the world. Modern technology makes it possible to gamble internationally, quickly and easy, and then send associates to fix the matches, and ensure the winnings.
The fairly unrestricted and convoluted Asian gambling market makes it much harder to expose the cheaters, and in extreme situations relatively small matches has gained enormous financial interest, and no legal action could be taken.
The end of the crime chain
“Europol is committed to fighting matchfixing,” Nick Garlick explained at the plenary session, and joint Europol investigations have had a lot of recent success. But, it is much harder to catch the criminals responsible, than the athletic perpetrators.
“The athletes are not criminal masterminds, and they usually conceal their crimes poorly. But they’re not interesting for Europol, because they’re the end of the criminal chain, and arresting them doesn’t affect the network,” according to Nick Garlick.