Women who Participate in Illegal Pyramid Selling: Voices from Female Rural Migrant Offenders in China

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Abstract

Mainly through a case study, this article examines Chinese women’s involvement in one form of organised crime—illegal pyramid selling—which is increasingly prevalent among female offenders in recent years in China. The article discusses the socioeconomic context to situate the findings and introduces the research methods and data. It then details the case study discussing the following: first, the nature of pyramid schemes and the Chinese law concerning the illicit business; second, migrant women’s entry into illegal pyramid selling and their motives; and third, the roles that women play in the criminal operations. In addition, women’s gains and losses as a result of participation in the crime are explored. Finally, it concludes the article by highlighting the empirical evidence presented and offers implications of the research.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)91–107
Number of pages17
JournalAsian Journal of Criminology
Volume15
Issue number2
Early online date31 Aug 2019
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2020

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