What must be understood is that the 'laws' are passed by the crooks themselves - the representatives of the millionaire class operating in government positions and creating a 'legal' framework for the rich to become richer. The 'theft' is 'legal' because laws were passed making it 'legal' for the millionaire class to 'go off-shore' with their 'investments' and to cheat the tax system of their home countries. It is illegal to sell cigarettes on the street corner of New York City, for example, but 'legal' to hide billions of dollars from the 'tax collector'.
The consortium of journalists shared the database of information on a platform created specifically for this type of project which facilitated the investigative work by journalists around the world.
There are also details from 19 corporate registries maintained by governments in secrecy jurisdictions – Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, the Bahamas, Barbados, Bermuda, the Cayman Islands, the Cook Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Labuan, Lebanon, Malta, the Marshall Islands, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent, Samoa, Trinidad and Tobago, and Vanuatu.
The revelation prompted public outrage, provoked public discussions and helped build momentum behind a push for a more fair and more transparent society. Each revelation offers more examples of inequality and injustice and points out systemic failure on a gigantic scale.
As always, it is the poor, the vulnerable and the disadvantaged who suffer the consequences. Ultimately, regardless of other factors, it is they who are being stolen from in these 'legal' but unscrupulous and unethical tax schemes.