A report from the Wildlife Justice Commission says that, as wildlife crime has increased in seriousness and profitability as a crime type, so too have reports of its convergence with other forms of organised crime. However, these reports have been mostly anecdotal, and the nature of this relationship is still largely undocumented. Now the Wildlife Justice Commission has collected evidence of criminal networks that are dealing in wildlife alongside other illicit commodities. The report sets out 12 case studies that illustrate a range of converging crime types and typologies that have transpired in different regions of the world to increase the understanding of how these intersections can occur on the ground. It says that the clear and frequent intersection of these crimes highlights the need for financial and corruption investigations that run in parallel or in response to wildlife crime cases; however, few countries are currently undertaking these types of investigations. As with other similar reports, this report calls for intelligence collection and sharing in a timely and secure manner, and for governments to develop their own comprehensive wildlife crime information systems.
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