Magazine article Geographical

Crime Wave

Magazine article Geographical

Crime Wave

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The world's fourth largest criminal enterprise is the illegal trade in environmental products. Now both INTERPOL and the UN are calling for greater collaboration and leadership to combat these activities

Environmental crime is big business. A joint INTERPOL UN Environment Programme (UNEP) report has revealed it to be 26 per cent larger than previous estimates--potentially worth as much as 175billion [pounds sterling] annually. That makes it the world's fourth largest criminal enterprise after drug smuggling, counterfeiting, and human trafficking. By comparison, the illegal trade in small arms is valued at a mere 2billion [pounds sterling] per year.

The term environmental crime' includes everything from the illegal trade in wildlife (worth 5-16billion [pounds sterling]), logging (34-103billion [pounds sterling]), and fisheries (7-15billion [pounds sterling]), to the illegal exploitation and sale of gold and other minerals (8-32billion [pounds sterling]), the trafficking of hazardous waste (7-8billion [pounds sterling]), and, to a lesser extent, even carbon credit fraud.

Furthermore, governments around the world are losing 6-18billion [pounds sterling] annually as a result of tax revenues from environmental activities disappearing into the black market. …

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