From the Executive Summary: "The COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019] pandemic has swept across the world, killing hundreds of thousands of people, and testing public healthcare systems to a breaking point. Many areas of economic activity have either been shut down by governments to halt the spread of the virus or have seen demand collapse. In many countries where organized criminal groups are prevalent, struggling private businesses - many unable to access enough public funds to keep them afloat - are more likely to seek out loans on the illicit market than they would be at other times."
United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime: https://www.unodc.org/