Money laundering has traditionally been associated solely with banks. Action to combat money laundering has therefore focussed on the banks, reflecting the historical emphasis on the laundering of street cash derived from the sale of drugs. While it may be true that banking processes such as deposit taking, money transfer systems and lending, etc., offer a vital laundering mechanism, criminals have responded to counter measures put in place by the banking sector. It must now be recognised that products and services offered by other types of financial and non-financial institutions are also attractive to the launderer.
Report by Humphrey PB Moshi, Institute for Security Studies
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