Number of Cambodian Loggers Killed by Thai Security Forces

According to media reports, security agents in Thailand killed at least 69 loggers from Cambodia in 2013 who were attempting to illegally cut down timber in Thailand. The rate of violence between loggers and security and environmental protection officials in Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos and Myanmar have increased in recent years due to the demand… Continue reading Number of Cambodian Loggers Killed by Thai Security Forces

Illegal Python Skin for Sale in Europe

According to wildlife conservation groups, up to $1 Billion worth of illegally grown python skins are being imported into Europe each year. The black market trade in python skins helping to meet the demand for python skin handbags sold by Gucci and other luxury brands. The legal market for python skins has grown from $137… Continue reading Illegal Python Skin for Sale in Europe

Illegal Logging in Laos

Illegal logging activities was the top economic related crime in Laos in 2013, according to media reports. Out of a total of 559 fraud or economic related crimes reported in Laos, 257 cases were related to illegal logging, or 46 percent of all cases. During the investigations, security services seized 671,000 cubic meters of processed… Continue reading Illegal Logging in Laos

Timber Smuggled into Vietnam

Environmental activists estimate that up to 80 percent of the timber that is processed in Vietnam was smuggled into the country from Cambodia and Laos. It is also alleged that the Vietnamese military assists in the smuggling of illegal timber. The amount timber estimated to be smuggled into Vietnam in 2013 was higher than the… Continue reading Timber Smuggled into Vietnam

Cigarette Brands Smuggled into Vietnam

The Vietnam Tobacco Association states that over 100 different brands of cigarettes are smuggled into Vietnam each year. The brands Jet and Hero are the most popular, with the two brands consisting of over 90 percent of the smuggled tobacco in the country. Roughly 20 percent of the country’s tobacco market is smuggled cigarettes. Most… Continue reading Cigarette Brands Smuggled into Vietnam

Heroin Addiction in China

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime reports that China (including Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan) consume 70 percent of all the heroin that is abused in the East Asia and Pacific Region. Up to 65 tonnes of heroin is used by addicts in China each year. In order to meet the demand, 90… Continue reading Heroin Addiction in China

Number of Meth Tablets Produced Annually in the Golden Triangle

An estimated 1.4 billion methamphetamine tablets, known as Yaba in the region, are produced each year in the Golden Triangle region consisting of Myanmar, Laos, and Thailand. The street value of the tablets are estimated to be worth $8.5 Billion a year. In Thailand, there are an estimated 600,000 yaba users in the country. (Methamphetamine… Continue reading Number of Meth Tablets Produced Annually in the Golden Triangle

Human Smuggling Market into Thailand

Migrants from Myanmar, Cambodia and Laos reportedly pay human smugglers up to $192 Million a year in order to be smuggled into Thailand. Most of the revenue for smugglers is generated from Myanmar, where migrants pays an estimated $183 Million to human smugglers to bring them into Thailand. Migrants from Cambodia pay $4.7 Million, and… Continue reading Human Smuggling Market into Thailand

Poppy and Opium in Laos

In 2007, there were 1,500 hectares of illicit opium poppy cultivation in Laos, according to the United Nations. In 2012, the hectares of illicit cultivation increased to 6,800. Various criminal justice programs across the country eradicated about 700 hectares of opium poppy and destroyed 12 kilograms of heroin in 2012. (Additional heroin trafficking statistics.) Source: International Narcotics Control Board, 2012 Report,… Continue reading Poppy and Opium in Laos