Merchants of Men: How Jihadists and ISIS Turned Kidnapping and Refugee Trafficking into a Multi-Billion Dollar Business

Merchants of Men: How Jihadists and ISIS Turned Kidnapping and Refugee Trafficking into a Multi-Billion Dollar Business

Loretta Napoleoni / Oct 31, 2020

Merchants of Men How Jihadists and ISIS Turned Kidnapping and Refugee Trafficking into a Multi Billion Dollar Business A powerful and sophisticated underground business delivers thousands of refugees a day all along the Mediterranean coasts of Europe The new breed of criminals that controls it has risen out of the pol

  • Title: Merchants of Men: How Jihadists and ISIS Turned Kidnapping and Refugee Trafficking into a Multi-Billion Dollar Business
  • Author: Loretta Napoleoni
  • ISBN: 9781609807092
  • Page: 295
  • Format: ebook
  • A powerful and sophisticated underground business delivers thousands of refugees a day all along the Mediterranean coasts of Europe The new breed of criminals that controls it has risen out of the political chaos of post 9 11 Western foreign policy and the fiasco of the Arab Spring These merchants of men are intertwined with jihadist armed organizations such as al QaedaA powerful and sophisticated underground business delivers thousands of refugees a day all along the Mediterranean coasts of Europe The new breed of criminals that controls it has risen out of the political chaos of post 9 11 Western foreign policy and the fiasco of the Arab Spring These merchants of men are intertwined with jihadist armed organizations such as al Qaeda in the Maghreb They have prospered smuggling cocaine from West Africa and kidnapping Westerners More recently, the destabilization of Syria and Iraq coupled with the rise of ISIS offered them new business opportunities in the Middle East, from selling Western hostages to jihadist groups to trafficking in refugees numbering in the millions Overall, the kidnapping industry today is bigger than the illegal drug trade and worth hundreds of billions of dollars annually Merchants of Men is based on exclusive access to hostage negotiators actively involved in ransom negotiations and rescue missions, counter terrorism experts, members of security services, and former hostages, among many others The reader will discover that the protocols of prevention and rescue change according to the type of abduction and the designated targets, and will come to know first hand the range of experiences of kidnapping victims Will the West once again reap the benefits of the political chaos it has sown in its own backyard From colonization to the advent of friendly dictatorial regimes, today s fast aging European nations are buyers on the refugee market New workers are needed, and the merchants of men are supplying them But only skilled, highly educated refugees are wanted As a tsunami of migrants and refugees floods Europe, new questions almost too numerous to count must be answered.

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      • Loretta Napoleoni

        Loretta Napoleoni is the bestselling author of Maonomics, Rogue Economics, Terror Incorporated and Insurgent Iraq She is an expert on terrorist financing and money laundering, and advises several governments and international organizations on counter terrorism and money laundering As Chairman of the countering terrorism financing group for the Club de Madrid, Napoleoni brought heads of state from around the world together to create a new strategy for combating the financing of terror networks.Napoleoni is a regular media commentator for CNN, Sky and the BBC She is among the few economists who predicted the credit crunch and the recession, and advises several banks on strategies to counter the current ongoing crisis She lectures regularly around the world on economics, terrorism and money laundering.Loretta is also a columnist and writes about terrorism, money laundering and the economy for several European financial papers including El Pais, The Guardian and Le Monde In the 1990s she was among the first journalists to interview the Red Brigades, the Italian Marxist armed group She subsequently spent three years interviewing members of other terrorist organizations In 2003 she interviewed followers of al Zarqawi in both Europe and in the Middle East.Born and raised in Rome, in the mid 1970s she became an active member of the feminist movement and a political activist She was a Fulbright scholar at Johns Hopkins University s Paul H Nitze School of Advanced International Studies in Washington DC and a Rotary Scholar at the London School of Economics She has a PhD in economics and a Masters of Philosophy in international relations and one in terrorism.She began her career as an economist, working for several banks and international organizations in Europe and the US In the early 1980s she spent 2 years in Budapest at the National Bank of Hungary working on a project for the convertibility of the florin that ten years later became the blueprint for the convertibility of the rouble In he 1980s she worked for a UK registered Russian Bank, Moscow Narodny Bank, which acted as the foreign branch of the Bank of Foreign Trade This position afforded her a unique insight into the Soviet economy In 1992 she produced the final documentation for the structure of the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development, IBRD She teaches a course at Judge Business Schools, Cambridge.Napoleoni s books include Modern Jihad Pluto Press, London, 2003 Terror Inc Penguin, London, 2004 Insurgent Iraq Seven Stories Press, New York, 2005 Terror Incorporated Seven Stories Press, New York, 2005 Rogue Economics Seven Stories Press, New York, 2008 Terror and the Economy Seven Stories Press, New York, 2010 and Maonomics Why Chinese Communists Are Better Capitalists Than We Are Seven Stories Press 2011 Her latest book is the best seller Islamist Phoenix Seven Stories Press, New York, 2014 The IS doesn t want to destroy They want to build the 21st century version of the Calliphate and that is what makes them so dangerous Her books are translated into 18 languages including Chinese and Arabic She lives in London and in the US with her husband and their four children.Napoleoni is currently working at a book linking the post 9 11 Western foreign policy, the kidnapping and refugee crisis Based upon original interviews with former hostages, negotiators, member of the crisis unit, kidnap owes and refugees, the book will unveil how post 9 11 Western foreign policy is responsible for the birth of a new breed of criminal and terrorist engaged in kidnapping of Westerners and trafficking migrants Napoleoni defines these people Merchant of Men.


    531 Comments


    1. Interesting book with a lot of knowledge I didn't know. However, I read the translation into Swedish, and was horrified at how bad it was. Lots of grammatical mistakes, the Danish shining through - the translator must have used the Danish version a lot, since there were so many "Danish wordings" and straight out incorrect sentences that would have been correct in Danish. This really drew my attention from the topic as such.


    2. The book provided very valuable insight into topics I did not know much about. There were many sources and references cited by the author and I am interested in reading more of her work. A solid introduction to the topics which are more complex than portrayed in the media, should we read about them at all.


    3. An illuminating analysis of the complexity of terrorism and its motivations; how bad foreign policy and failed states can spark decades of lucrative illicit trade. But ultimately, book drives home the message that, once again, the love of money drives humanity to commit darkest evils.


    4. O carte foarte frumoasă. Am învățat foarte multe lucruri din ea, pe care nu le auzi din sursele mass-media de unde provin cele mai multe informații.


    5. Una obra muy completa sobre la evolución de la financiación del terrorismo, desde los secuestros a la exportación de migrantes.


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