Nhi Khe, Vietnam
INVESTIGATION UPDATE: All the latest updates on our Nhi Khe, Vietnam investigation, including undercover photos and footage, below.
- December 2017 – Operation Phoenix Report – describes the 18-month investigation into a major criminal network involved in the trafficking of raw and processed products from thousands of endangered animals, centered upon the village of Nhi Khe and the outcome of our dialogue with the governments of Vietnam and China to activate justice against this network. We are working to assist and support the relevant Vietnamese authorities in the pursuit of criminal networks trading in endangered wildlife following the official submission of a new Case File on 8 December 2017.
- 17 November 2016 – Independent panel confirms that immediate action by the Vietnamese government is required to shut down wildlife trafficking networks in Vietnam.
- 9 August 2016 – Removal of the criminal network identified in our Vietnam investigation will have a significant impact on the illegal trade in rhino horn and elephant ivory globally.
- 17 August 2016 – Intelligence on new wildlife trafficking methodologies shared with key organisations globally.
- 15 September 2016 – Public Hearing announced for our Vietnam case on 14 & 15 November 2016.
Wildlife Justice Commission Vietnam investigation: Illegal trade in CITES Appendix I species including elephant, rhino and tiger in / from Nhi Khe and associated locations, Vietnam. Case File delivered to Vietnam (January 2016) and China (February 2016), with the supplementary, second Case File delivered to Vietnam and CITES (July 2016).
- Complete case file documentation contains over 5,000 pages print plus extensive audio and visual evidence.
- August 2016 – First details released of our investigation into wildlife trafficking hub Nhi Khe, Vietnam.
- February 2016 – China: Case File presented February 2016.
- January 2016 – Vietnam: Case File presented January 2016.
A series of undercover photos taken by our investigations team during multiple visits in Vietnam. The images show raw and final products for sale of a huge range of endangered species.
Tiger skins offered for sale to our investigations team by Vietnamese traders: