Exotic Wildlife Trafficking Ring Broken in Asia

Updated: Mar 9

Investigators Outsmart Criminal Syndicate and Rescue Orangutan

Infant orangutans are cared for at an animal clinic in Bangkok after being rescued from exotic wildlife traffickers. Photo: Sarayouth Phaleebatra / AsiaWorks

BANGKOK, December 21, 2016: Following an undercover operation, Thai Police announced they successfully rescued several infant endangered Orangutans that were trafficked by a major regional criminal syndicate that has also been illegally selling many exotic wild animals in Asia for years.

With analytical training and technical support from Freeland, and an anonymous tip off from an overseas source, Thai police officers lured a transporter working for the syndicate to an agreed location in Bangkok, after having already agreed on a purchase via covert agents.  Information about the traffickers and their illegal network are being withheld until additional arrests are completed. 

The public is encouraged to provide more tip offs by phone within Thailand to Thai Police at 1136 or Freeland at 02 254 8321, or email info@freeland.org about this or similar wildlife criminal businesses.  “We congratulate the Thai Police. Help us dismantle this syndicate and other illegal businesses that are sponsoring the poaching and destruction of our natural world,” said Steven Galster, Director of Freeland.

Freeland is a frontline counter-trafficking organization working for a world that is free of wildlife trafficking and human slavery. Our team of law enforcement, development and communications specialists work alongside partners in Asia, Africa and the Americas to protect the environment and vulnerable people from organized crime and corruption. For more info, visit www.freeland.org also; follow Freeland on twitter @FREELANDpeople or facebook.com/freelandfoundation

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