Our operations focus on the high-level criminals to achieve the biggest impact
The WJC was established in 2015. In the four years we have been operating, we have helped to shut down some significant criminal networks.
Since 2016, as a result of our intelligence and undercover operations, and in co-operation with Malaysian, Indian and Vietnamese police and wildlife authorities, 89 traffickers have been arrested and 12 major trafficking networks involved in the supply of ivory, rhino horn, pangolin scales, turtles and tortoises and tigers have been disrupted. These law enforcement efforts have led to 18 convictions, with a further 28 cases pending in court.
In 2017, as a direct outcome of our work, 25 high-level traffickers were arrested, a further 88 traffickers were identified, and nine trafficking bank accounts confirmed. All our research data, some from investigations that took more than two years to complete, was delivered to governments or law enforcement authorities in India, Malaysia, Lao PDR, Viet Nam, Mozambique, China and Bangladesh. We also produced two substantial Case Files, for the governments of Viet Nam, Lao PDR and China, identifying the trafficking of over USD 30 million in ivory, rhino horn and tiger body parts such as skin, claws, teeth canines, whiskers and bones.
The arrests and Case Files showed here represent only some of our investigations, some of which may span for over two years. We are currently running a number of ongoing operations that cannot be mentioned for security reasons.