Chapter 1: Introduction
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Money laundering (ML) is a multidisciplinary topic which has become important since the late 1980s. Covering the political regulatory, social, criminological, anthropological and economic aspects, this volume tries to show the state of the art in the money laundering debate. Why did money laundering become so important (Part II)? To what extent does money laundering pose a problem and what effects does it have (Part III)? For whom is laundering a problem (Part IV)? What is the size of the problem (Part V)? What ways of laundering exist (Part VI)? How can it be combated and what legislation is involved (Part VII)? How effective is anti-money laundering policy? To what extent is it a danger to individual privacy protection? And what improvements can be recommended (Part VIII)?

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