#ShockWildlifeTruths: To fight wildlife crime, experts say 'follow the money'

In most cases, the conviction of a Thai man trafficking rhino horns through a bizarre scheme that involved hiring prostitutes to pose as trophy hunters would have marked the end of the story.

But investigators took an unusual, next step — deciding to "follow the money" that helped bankroll the South African operation, and ultimately winning a court order last year to seize Chumlong Lemtongthai's Thai bank accounts and other assets, including a house worth $142 000 (about R1.8 m @R13.23/$), to shut him down.

It was one of an increasing number of cases illustrating how nations are shifting tactics in fighting a global wildlife trafficking market worth up to $23 billion, with the headline-grabbing police raids having little overall effect in halting illicit trades.

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Source: News24