A report from the Global Initiative Against Transnational Organised Crime on 29 July says that the Asia Pacific region is the largest and fastest-growing market for gambling in the world. The proliferation of physical and online casinos in SE Asia presents criminal entities with a myriad of opportunities to engage in illicit activities. It says that criminality is pervasive at all stages of a casino’s life cycle: from the deforestation, environmental degradation and biodiversity impacts that take place during the construction of the physical casinos, to the sale of protected and endangered species on casino menus and the laundering of the proceeds of environmental crimes that happen once the casinos are up and running, to the exploitation taking place within casinos that have shut down.
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