On paper, 2021 was a notable year for those fighting Hong Kong illegal wildlife trade, with an amendment of the local Organised and Serious Crimes Ordinance (OSCO) and the effects of COVID-19 becoming increasingly visible.
However, the data shows that wildlife trafficking has not slowed down, and that powers from the OSCO bill have not yet been applied. What will the future hold for this hub of wildlife crime?
This investigation is part of a series on environmental crime in Asia, supported by the Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime, the Henry Nxumalo Foundation and Oxpeckers Investigative Environmental Journalism.
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