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The Global Drugs Trade 
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The global trade in illegal drugs is worth billions of dollars a year - as much, by some estimates, as the international tourist trade. The huge sums of money at stake make it one of the most lucrative and dangerous of criminal businesses. Globalisation, banking deregulation and free trade agreements play into the hands of drugs syndicates, some of which have the organisation and reach of multinational businesses.

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