The Wildlife Justice Commission (WJC, http://www.wildlifejustice.org ) has served the authorities of Vietnam with a new Case File containing compelling evidence regarding a criminal network that was identified trafficking more than USD 15 million worth of raw ivory and rhino horn over a 15-month period in Vietnam.
he Case File, submitted one year after the WJC’s first ever Public Hearing on Vietnam, is part of the ongoing dialogue and support to the Vietnamese authorities in their efforts to tackle illegal wildlife trafficking in the country.
The first Public Hearing ever held by the WJC in November 2016 followed an 18-month investigation by the WJC into the wildlife trafficking hub in Nhi Khe, Vietnam. Following the Public Hearing, the WJC met with senior members of Vietnamese law enforcement agencies. One year later, thanks to the efforts of all actors involved in the fight against wildlife crime in Vietnam, the open trade of illegal wildlife products in Nhi Khe has for the most part been eradicated.
Significant arrests have also occurred disrupting organised wildlife crime elsewhere in Vietnam. The head of one of the five syndicates, a prominent trafficker, was arrested and found in possession of 36 kilograms of rhino horns last April. “The arrest of such a high-level trafficker is extremely encouraging as it points to the detection of individuals operating at the higher end of the supply chain.” said Olivia Swaak-Goldman, Executive Director of the WJC.
The WJC continues to monitor the Nhi Khe network and map out the displacement of illegal activity as well as to investigate wildlife trafficking networks elsewhere in Vietnam and support the authorities to act and dismantle these networks.