According to criminal justice officers in South Africa, 515 rhinos were killed by poachers between January 1, 2013 to July 23, 2013. The rhinos were killed for their horns which are sold on the black market in Asia. (Prices of rhino horns and ivory on the illegal wildlife trade.) 668 rhinos were killed in all… Continue reading Rhinos Killed in South Africa In First Half of 2013
The Minerals Marketing Corporation of Zimbabwe reported in May 2013 that up to $50 Million worth of gold was being illegally smuggled out of Zimbabwe each month. The gold is believed to be smuggled to South Africa where it is refined on its way to Switzerland. The cost to refine the gold in South Africa… Continue reading Value of Gold Smuggled Out of Zimbabwe Each Month
The Ethiopia Embassy in Kenya stated that its citizens were detained in Kenya after being caught up in a human smuggling scheme. The embassy reported that people were paying human smugglers $2,715 (50,000 Ethipoian Birr) to be smuggled from Ethiopia to South Africa. Instead, the smugglers were apprehended in Kenya by immigration officials. Source: “Ethiopia:… Continue reading Human Smuggling Fee from Ethiopia to South Africa
Wildlife protection organizations and the South African Government reported that 82 rhinos were killed by poachers in January 2013. In Kruger National Park in South Africa, 61 rhinos were killed. 14 poachers were arrested as well. In 2012, a record 668 rhinos were killed by poachers in South Africa. Source: Adam Vaughn, “WWF plans to… Continue reading Rhino Deaths in January 2013
The Tobacco Institute of Southern Africa stated that cigarette smuggling in South Africa causes up to $1.3 Billion (12 Billion South African Rand) in tax revenue losses.
According to the sole license holder of underwear brand Jockey in South Africa, the company lost $2.2 Million (20 Million South African Rand) in sales to counterfeit underwear between 2007 and 2012.
A total of 1202 firearms that were owned by the police in South Africa have been stolen or lost between January 2011 and September 2012.
In 2011, a total of 885 police guns were reported stolen or lost. In 2012, police lost 317 firearms between January and August.
In the first six months of 2012, there have been 43 arrests of Asian nationals for rhino horn trafficking in South Africa. 24 were from Vietnam.
Despite having a large black market in rhino horns, there have been zero seizures of rhino horns in the country since 2008.
In 2011, at least 443 rhinos were killed in South Africa.
Between January 1 to March 28, 2012, poachers in South Africa killed 150 rhinos. In Kruger National Park alone, 87 rhinos were killed by poachers. 90 people in the country were arrested during the three month period for poaching activities.
A record 443 rhinos were killed for their horns in South Africa in 2011, an increase from the 333 killed in 2010. In the Kruger National Park alone, 244 rhinos were killed. Authorities killed 21 poachers and arrested 78 people in the area of the park during the year.Over 95 percent of the cases were believed to have involved poachers from neighboring Mozambique.