The Kosovo War and Its Aftermath

  • Roos de Wildt
Part of the Studies of Organized Crime book series (SOOC, volume 17)


This chapter zooms in to focus on Kosovo. A contextual analysis of the Kosovo War and its aftermath is provided. Therewith, the chapter focuses on the social structures and power hierarchies wherein the prostitution business in Kosovo flourished. Yet it also shows how these structures exist in a discursive loop together with the agency of people in Kosovo, who constantly recreate these very same structures. It is argued that solely focusing on peacekeepers as clients obscures other contextual factors that enabled the growth of the post-war prostitution business in Kosovo. These factors include weak law enforcement, corruption, socio-cultural attitudes adopted during the (prelude to) war that do not simply disappear when hostilities come to an end, the existence of regional smuggling and trafficking rings, Northern Kosovo as a nexus point for smuggling and trafficking and, finally, the establishment of a peacekeeping economy.


Kosovo War United Nations Peacekeeping mission Independence Prostitution Human trafficking Sex trafficking Law enforcement Corruption Mitrovica Peacekeeping economy 


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  • Roos de Wildt
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  1. 1.Verwey-Jonker InstituteUtrechtThe Netherlands

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