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Longform: Voices from the cocaine capital of Europe

The smuggling of cocaine through the Antwerp harbour reached an all-time high this year. How is the cocaine trade affecting life in the city?

Adam Swank (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Over the last few years, the harbour of Antwerp has turned into the main entry point for the flow of cocaine into Europe. Cocaine business has caused the development of a parallel society in which violence, money laundering, and youth being drawn into criminal behaviour have established itself as everyday business.

Mainstream media usually portrays the events in Antwerp as a ‘drug war’ which renders the city as an unsafe place. Countermeasures have been implemented, yet, their effectivenesses remain debatable. This is a collection of different voices on the developments in ‘Europe’s drug capital’.

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Text: Alena Bieling, Sara Johansson & Sanne Moonemans
Images: ©Sanne Moonemans, ©Adam Swank (CC BY-SA 2.0)