Much of criminal conduct is financially motivated and money laundering is the process which criminals use to disguise the origin of the criminal proceeds generated by organised criminal activity. So while the problem of money laundering is not a new one, money laundering is a particularly important issue now because of the increasingly sophisticated nature of this category of crime. This phenomenon combined with the increasing globalisation of both the financial and business sectors and the internationalisation of a great deal of criminal activity makes the crime of money laundering more prevalent.

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