At the least 200,000-250,000 humans died within the conflict in Bosnia. "There are 3 million baby squaddies in Africa." "More than 650,000 civilians were killed end result of the U.S. profession of Iraq." "Between 600,000 and 800,000 girls are trafficked throughout borders each year." "Money laundering represents up to 10 percentage of world GDP." "Internet baby porn is a $20 billion-a-year industry."
These are massive, fascinating numbers, often utilized in coverage debates and media reporting. Peter Andreas and Kelly M. Greenhill see just one challenge: those numbers are most likely fake. Their persisted use and abuse replicate a far greater and troubling development: policymakers and the media naively or intentionally settle for hugely politicized and questionable statistical claims approximately actions which are tremendous tricky to degree. for this reason, we too frequently develop into trapped by way of those legendary numbers, with perverse and counterproductive consequences.
This challenge exists in myriad coverage geographical regions. however it is very said in statistics on the topic of the politically charged nation-states of world crime and conflict-numbers of individuals killed in massacres and through genocides, the scale of refugee flows, the significance of the illicit international exchange in medicinal drugs and humans, and so forth.
In intercourse, medicines, and physique Counts, political scientists, anthropologists, sociologists, and coverage analysts seriously research the murky origins of a few of those facts and hint their outstanding proliferation. additionally they investigate the normal metrics used to guage coverage effectiveness in battling difficulties corresponding to terrorist financing, intercourse trafficking, and the drug exchange.
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S. Narcotics Control Efforts in Mexico and on the Southwest Border, 99th Congress,” July 22, 1986, 34. 46. See Senate Subcommittee, Southwest Border Law Enforcement and Trade, August 19, 1987, 25. 47. , 25, 191, 200. ” He concluded that “we are winning the battles, but I am not sure we are winning the war. . S. S. border ports of entry represent only a small percentage of the overall flow of drugs. Nevertheless, seizures have traditionally been the leading instrument used by Customs agents to justify their mission, fend off political attacks, and assure continued funding.
S. government has estimated that between 600,000 and 800,000 people are trafficked across international borders annually—with this 7. Thoumi, “Numbers Game,” 191. For a critique of FATF counting methods in the case of drug money, see Petrus C. Van Duyne and Michael Levi, Drugs and Money: Managing the Drug Trade and Crime-Money in Europe (London: Routledge, 2005), 107–9; and Petrus Van Duyne, Organized Crime in Europe (Commack, NY: Nova Science, 1996), ch. 6. 8. Max Singer, “The Vitality of Mythical Numbers,” Public Interest 23 (1971): 3–9, fn 1.
S. government’s methodology involves interpreting, classifying, and analyzing data, which was performed by one person who did not document all of his work. S. 11 This reflects a larger problem in media reporting. ”12 He points to the identity theft issue to illustrate this, noting that, “The magic number for journalists covering the identity theft beat has been $48 billion—the estimated losses suffered by identity theft victims—which carries the Federal Trade Commission’s imprimatur. ”13 Fred H.