Comparing Illicit Trades in Wildlife and Drugs: An Exploratory Study

Nigel South, Tanya Wyatt

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This article is an exploratory study into the similarities, differences, and overlaps between the illegal wildlife trade and the illegal drug trade, using original and literature-based research from the Russian Far East and Western Europe, respectively. The purpose of such a comparison is to gain further insight into the illegal wildlife trade through the examination of the more thoroughly studied illegal drug trade. We first examine the global size of these markets and then detail and compare actors and smuggling operations found in each. This leads to a possible typology of features that the trades have in common and to discussion of the direct linkages between these two illicit markets.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)538-561
JournalDeviant Behavior
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2011


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