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NCJ Number: 219016 Find in a Library
Title: International Illicit Trafficking in Wildlife
Journal: Police Chief  Volume:74  Issue:6  Dated:June 2007  Pages:26,28-30,32
Author(s): John M. Sellar
Date Published: June 2007
Page Count: 5
Document: HTML
Type: Issue Overview
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article discusses some of the indicators that illustrate the involvement of organized crime in illicit wildlife trafficking and the response by law enforcement to combat international illicit trafficking of wildlife.
Abstract: In the early 2000s, the Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora cooperating with the United Nations Office on Drug and Crime specified indicators that demonstrate the organized nature of parts of the international illicit wildlife trade. These indicators include: (1) detailed planning; (2) significant financial support; (3) use or threat of violence; (4) international management of shipments; (5) sophisticated forgery and alteration of permits and certifications; (6) well-armed participants with the latest weapons; and (7) opportunity for massive profits. Many of these indicators point to the fact that the perpetrators of these crimes require prior criminal experience to conduct their activities. Today, the relatively low risk of detection and low level of penalties imposed on those convicted of wildlife crime or illicit trade make these activities attractive to organized criminals. Specialized units devoted to combating wildlife crime are limited throughout the world. Those law enforcement tasked with combating this crime typically have little training or experience to effectively target or combat these organized criminals. Notes
Main Term(s): Wildlife law enforcement
Index Term(s): Game wardens; Police crime-prevention; Wildlife poaching
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