Transnational crime groups in Southeast Asia are growing increasingly aggressive and illicit businesses are generating massive growths in profit though the trafficking of drugs, people, counterfeit goods and other commodities, outlines a new United Nations report published Thursday.
Criminals profited up to US$ 7 billion by smuggling at least 2.5 million migrants throughout the world in 2016, which is as much as the US or the EU spent on humanitarian aid the same year, a UN study says.
Leaders of INTERPOL and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime reasserted their commitment to jointly combat transnational crime by sharing data, countering foreign terrorists together and fostering inter-regional law enforcement cooperation.
In the inaugural launch of the World Wildlife Crime Report, The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and its partner organizations have identified that virtually every country plays a role in wildlife trafficking - but not a single one of them is the source of more than 15 percent of global seizures.
Customs officers seized more than 30 kilograms of heroin Tuesday, worth more than 40 million lev (US $2.2 million), in Kapitan Andreevo in southern Bulgaria.
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