Karlsruhe Dialogues 2010

Organized Crime - Dark Sides of Globalization

Manfred Paulus




was born in 1943. He is Erster Kriminalhauptkommissar a.D. (detective chief inspector, ret.) and assistant professor at the Baden-Württemberg police college. He also teaches at other vocational and further training facilities for the police on a federal and state level. Until 2003, he was chief investigator at the criminal investigation agency in Ulm, specializing in sexual violence and red-light crime. Drawing on his long-standing investigational experience, especially in the area of red-light-crime, Paulus is considered a distinguished expert in the crime field of human trafficking. Amongst others, Paulus has conducted investigations for human trafficking in Thailand. In the years of 2000 and 2001, the European Commission assigned him the investigation of the causes and conditions of children and women trafficking in Belarus. Both forms of crime are significant manifestations of organized crime.

Up to today he does preventive work in Eastern and South-Eastern Europe, e.g. in Moldova and Belarus, to obviate women and children trafficking in these recruitment countries.
His publications also deal with the topic of women and children trafficking. „Frauenhandel und Zwangsprostitution, Tatort: Europa“ (Trafficking of Women and Sex Slavery – Crime Scene: Europe) takes a close look at the situation in the recruitment countries, the methods of recruitment and smuggling, and the conditions for women forced to prostitution. “Grünkram – Die Kindersexmafia in Deutschland“ (The child sex mafia in Germany) provides an insight into the dealings of this kind of mafia, and „Kinderfreunde – Kindermörder“ (Friends of children – child murderers) explores real-life criminal cases to examine the delicate issue of sexually motivated crimes against children. In addition to these independent publications he penned numerous articles for journals, radio and television.


ZAK asked Manfred Paulus to answer the following question:

Globalization makes it possible that organized crime expands. What can be done against it at the local level?

"There is a crucial need for action from a legal policy perspective to prevent organized crime from further penetrating into and influencing the different areas of society – especially with regard to trafficking in women and sex slavery. The current national regulatory frameworks are downright inviting criminal groupings (e.g. in the area of red-light crime) to become active and to flourish."