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Dockers in Drugs: Policing the Illegal Drug Trade and Port Employee Corruption in the Port of Rotterdam

Eski, Y and Buijt, R (2016) Dockers in Drugs: Policing the Illegal Drug Trade and Port Employee Corruption in the Port of Rotterdam. Policing. ISSN 1752-4512

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Abstract

This contribution shall focus on corrupt Port of Rotterdam employees who fulfilled a role in the illegal drug trade by being involved in so-called rip-off cases. By ‘rip-off’ is meant the use of legitimate cargo and containers to hide bags of drugs, whereas the traditional rip-off consists of a buyer being deceived by a drug seller (e.g. purity of drugs is halved). To understand the reasons for their corruption, an in-depth qualitative thematic analysis of official police files took place in 2014. Although law enforcement agencies explain that port employees are solely financially motivated to assist in rip-offs, this study shows that their financial motivations are intertwined with social justifications construed by port employees during their interrogations. Their self-justifications are focused on illegitimately pursuing the legitimate goal of taking care of family, amplified by criminal seductions coming from colleagues. Implications for an evidence-based port policing aimed to police corrupt port employees, and with it, the illegal drug trade, shall be considered as well.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is a pre-copyedited, author-produced version of an article accepted for publication in Policing following peer review. The version of record Yarin Eski and Romano Buijt Dockers in Drugs: Policing the Illegal Drug Trade and Port Employee Corruption in the Port of Rotterdam Policing first published online November 24, 2016 doi:10.1093/police/paw044
Uncontrolled Keywords: 1602 Criminology
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HE Transportation and Communications
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
K Law > K Law (General)
Divisions: Humanities and Social Science
Publisher: Oxford University Press
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Date Deposited: 29 Nov 2016 10:30
Last Modified: 13 Sep 2017 09:31
DOI or Identification number: 10.1093/police/paw044
URI: http://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/4887

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