Routes of Extinction: The corruption and violence destroying Siamese rosewood in the Mekong

Precious Siamese rosewood has been illegally logged to the brink of extinction in the Mekong region to feed a voracious demand for luxury furniture in China which leaves a bloody trail of death, violence and corruption in its wake.

Routes of Extinction exposes a multi-billion dollar industry fuelled by high level corruption and recklessly destroying the increasingly scarce species on which it thrives.

The illegal trade in Siamese rosewood is driven by the expanding wealthy elites in China and their desire for the high-end reproduction furniture, collectively known as hongmu.