Watchdog says Chinese town is major ivory smuggling hub

 

 

 

 

HONG KONG (AP)—An environmental watchdog group says its investigation has found that a little-known town in southern China is a major hub for ivory smuggling by organized criminal gangs.

 

The Washington, D.C.-based Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) said in a report Tuesday that it uncovered a network of ivory trafficking syndicates operating out of Shuidong in Guangdong province, near Hong Kong.

 

The group says its investigators worked undercover posing as buyers to win the trust of a smuggling group and tracked one of its shipments from Mozambique.

 

Syndicate members told the EIA theirs was just one…

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