Tag Archive for: "illegal trade"
Cheap cigarettes could be funding terrorism

A criminal who wanted to smuggle a shipping container of illegal cigarettes into Australia could expect to make almost $10 million in profit. Of course, these criminals first need to get their products into the …

The Australian Border Force: our newest security agency

Tomorrow Australia will have a new national security agency: the Australian Border Force. The Australian Customs and Border Protection Service will be merged into the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP). The ABF will be …

Thailand’s border timber war

The illegal harvesting and smuggling of the rare and valuable Siamese Rosewood (Dalbergia cochinchinensis) across the Thai-Cambodian border is an issue that’s landed on ASEAN member states’ desks yet again. On 7 May, the Environmental …

Gun trafficking and mandatory jail terms

With an estimated 260,000 illegal (unregistered) guns already in Australia, the horse is already on its way out the stable door. Still, every illegal firearm counts: the significance of the threat is such that government …

Transnational crime: a mammoth problem

A couple of weeks ago my colleague Toby Feakin, wrote on The Strategist about the recently released United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime’s assessment on Transnational Organized Crime in East Asia and the Pacific, …