The Hague – A Vietnamese village has become “a supermarket for illegal wildlife trafficking” raking in millions of dollars, a special hearing was told on Monday.
The two-day public hearing in The Hague is laying out the findings of a year-long undercover investigation by the new Wildlife Justice Commission.
The probe has provided “clear and irrefutable evidence of an industrial-scale crime hub in the village of Nhi Khe in Vietnam”, said the commission’s executive director Olivia Swaak-Goldman.
“Urgent, decisive action” was needed, she told about 200 people gathered at The Hague’s imposing Peace Palace.
The commission, set up in 2015, has no power to bring charges, but hopes the hearing will push Vietnam and other countries to crack down on the global $20bn trade in wildlife poaching.
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