n Acta Criminologica: Southern African Journal of Criminology - Female economic offenders : a literature overview and case study analysis

Special Edition 2
  • ISSN : 1012-8093


Economic crime is a global concern and the emergence of female economic offenders is a general phenomenon. Yet, scant South African research exists on this gender and category of offenders. Causes, contributory factors, motives and high-risk situations attached to offending behaviour are different for male and female offenders. Nonetheless, most Criminal Justice efforts with regard to policies, the development of programmes and assessment structures focus on male offending behaviour and are adjusted to fit the female offending population. There is hardly any consideration for female offenders' special needs, backgrounds, specific circumstances, unique lived experiences, aetiology and precursors to crime when efforts are made to address female offenders' offending behaviour. This article presents work in progress of the second author's postgraduate study in Criminology on economic female offenders. A literature overview guides the case study analysis which is representative of a criminological assessment and explanation of a female economic offender.

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