In a series of anti-smuggling operations this past month, customs officials in the Chinese special administrative region of Hong Kong have seized tens of millions of dollars of contraband, surpassing local records.
Since the English Premier League announced their approval of a Saudi Arabian bid to buy Newcastle United Football Club last week, human rights groups and civil society actors have expressed concern over what they see as the kingdom’s attempt to ‘sport wash’ its negative international image and have urged for tighter ownership rules.
The U.S. Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) sanctioned four Mexican nationals last week, accusing them of trafficking large quantities of fentanyl and other dangerous substances into the United States on behalf of the Cártel de Jalisco Nueva Generación (CJNG), one of Mexico’s most dangerous criminal organizations.
A U.S. court sentenced a 25-year-old Chinese national to more than three years in prison after he pleaded guilty to laundering money for a wildlife trafficking syndicate which specialized in smuggling turtles, the Department of Justice revealed in a statement last week.
The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruled on Thursday in favor of a group of Bosnians who sued Azerbaijan more than a decade ago for cross-border human trafficking and forced labor.
Europol announced on Wednesday that, in cooperation with German authorities, Romanian police arrested 21 suspected members of a transnational network that smuggled Afghan migrants to Germany and France.
Ukrainian authorities have arrested two suspected ransomware operators who are believed to have broken into the systems of several large industrial groups in Europe and North America, encrypted their files and demanded up to US$81 million to give them back, Europol reported on Monday.
Chilean authorities arrested nine suspected members of a Latin American criminal group, which is said to have trafficked at least 267 children as young as six years old, Interpol reported on Monday.