From Cali to Rotterdam: Perceptions of Colombian cocaine traffickers on the Dutch port

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This article explores thesubjective perceptions of Colombiantraffickers on the port of Rotterdam. Iidentify those factors that, from theirperspective, make Rotterdam (and theNetherlands) a low-risk area for cocaineimport into Europe. It is argued here thatwhile economic factors and human resourceshave a central impact on their keydecisions, law enforcement risks tend to besecondary or to vary very much regardingactor and type of intervention. The articleis based on my recently completedethnographic (PhD) research on Colombiansinvolved in the cocaine business in theNetherlands, and on my current research oncocaine smuggling through the port ofRotterdam.

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Zaitch, D. From Cali to Rotterdam: Perceptions of Colombian cocaine traffickers on the Dutch port. Crime, Law and Social Change 38, 239–266 (2002). https://doi.org/10.1023/A:1020691532717

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Keywords

  • Cocaine
  • Economic Factor
  • International Relation
  • Central Impact
  • Cocaine Trafficker