In an indication that China is getting serious about properly prosecuting wildlife criminals, a court in Jiangsu province has jailed a man for 11-and-a-half years and confiscated about £54,900 (500,000 RMB) worth of his private assets for ivory smuggling
The global illegal wildlife trade is worth billions every year – but these huge profits are seldom targeted
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The global illegal wildlife trade (IWT) is now recognised as a serious transnational organised crime. Although there are various estimates of the scale of the crime, the most commonly quoted figure puts the proceeds from IWT in a range of $7-23 billion a year.