The Peruvian Ministry of the Interior has published a manual on the crime of money laundering, with technical assistance from the European project to support Peru in the fight against organised crime
The Peruvian Ministry of the Interior has presented the “Manual of investigation in the fight against money laundering”, with the technical assistance of the European project to support Peru in the fight against illicit drug trafficking and organised crime. Peru faces the challenge of organised crime, in its multiple manifestations, from drug trafficking to illegal mining and human trafficking.
The incidence of transnational organised crime and proliferation is a global issue, transcending national borders and challenging the integrity of our societies and economies. Money laundering has become a process that crosses countries and legal systems with the intention of hiding and disguising the illicit origin of financial transactions. This reality demands a response from cooperation that seeks collaborative solutions at the international level.
To address this global threat, we must recognise two fundamental issues. First, criminals seek refuge in countries with permissive legislation or loopholes in their legal systems. International cooperation is therefore essential to close these loopholes and ensure that nowhere serves as a sanctuary for criminal activity. Second, the fight against organised crime cannot be undertaken by a single nation; it requires the collaboration of multiple nations willing to share information and resources in pursuit of a common goal.
Peru, as an active member of GAFILAT (Financial Action Task Force of Latin America), has demonstrated its commitment by establishing sound legal structures and forging inter-institutional alliances to address this challenge. The recent technical assistance provided by the European Union in the creation of the handbook is an exemplary example of how international cooperation can result in effective strategies.
The handbook consists of seven chapters that provide a detailed analysis of money laundering modalities, special investigative techniques, emblematic cases, new global trends and other relevant aspects. It is a resource that will significantly strengthen the capacity of authorities in the fight against these forms of crime.