Afghan Women and the Opiate Trade

Hamid Azizi, Natascha Eichinger, Monika Roszkowska

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report


The study is predominately qualitative and used a semi-structured interview questionnaire to interview Afghan women in and outside Afghanistan, exploring their role and involvement in the drug trade, motivations for entering and remaining in the trade, the business model and drug trafficking networks.
The report also draws upon secondary data from multiple sources, including UNODC’s previous research, publications and academic literature on women’s involvement in drug trafficking at a global level.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationVienna, Austria
PublisherUnited Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)
Number of pages34
Publication statusPublished - 2022


  • Afghan women
  • Opiate Trade
  • Illicit Drugs


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