Understanding a 'Culture of Violence and Crime': the Kanun of Lek Dukagjini and the Rise of the Albanian Sexual-Slavery Rackets

Understanding a 'Culture of Violence and Crime': the Kanun of Lek Dukagjini and the Rise of the... European Journal of Crime, Criminal Law and Criminal Justice, Vol. 14/2, 161–184, 2006 © Koninklijke Brill NV. Printed in the Netherlands. Jana Arsovska* Understanding a ‘Culture of Violence and Crime’: the Kanun of Lek Dukagjini and the Rise of the Albanian Sexual-Slavery Rackets 1. INTRODUCTION In the last decade there have been numerous international and local publications trying to summarise the organised crime situation in the Balkans. Press images of this region have repeatedly drawn upon the themes of hostility, violence and organised criminal activities. Along with the themes of disintegration and perplexity, violence and organised crime have become encompassing and evocative components of the term ‘Balkan’. While the vision of the Balkans as a permanent or ‘natural’ source of violence and instability in Europe predates World War I, it gained new currency particularly during and after the wars of the Yugoslav Succession (1990s). Nonethe- less, the Balkan region is inhabited by seven major nationalities and a number of ethnicities each with its own uniqueness and defi ning character. Recently, among all these ethnicities one has particularly attracted the international attention. According to many sources ethnic Albanians have been massively involved in various criminal activities. A number of http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png European Journal of Crime, Criminal Law and Criminal Justice Brill

Understanding a 'Culture of Violence and Crime': the Kanun of Lek Dukagjini and the Rise of the Albanian Sexual-Slavery Rackets

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© 2006 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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0928-9569
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European Journal of Crime, Criminal Law and Criminal Justice, Vol. 14/2, 161–184, 2006 © Koninklijke Brill NV. Printed in the Netherlands. Jana Arsovska* Understanding a ‘Culture of Violence and Crime’: the Kanun of Lek Dukagjini and the Rise of the Albanian Sexual-Slavery Rackets 1. INTRODUCTION In the last decade there have been numerous international and local publications trying to summarise the organised crime situation in the Balkans. Press images of this region have repeatedly drawn upon the themes of hostility, violence and organised criminal activities. Along with the themes of disintegration and perplexity, violence and organised crime have become encompassing and evocative components of the term ‘Balkan’. While the vision of the Balkans as a permanent or ‘natural’ source of violence and instability in Europe predates World War I, it gained new currency particularly during and after the wars of the Yugoslav Succession (1990s). Nonethe- less, the Balkan region is inhabited by seven major nationalities and a number of ethnicities each with its own uniqueness and defi ning character. Recently, among all these ethnicities one has particularly attracted the international attention. According to many sources ethnic Albanians have been massively involved in various criminal activities. A number of

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