Thursday 8 October 2015

"Queen of Ivory" arrested in Tanzania

A Chinese woman who has been dubbed "The Queen of Ivory" has been arrested in Tanzania

She was amongst a number of high level Chinese ivory traffickers who have been arrested. The woman, named Yang Fen Glan, has been observed by a wildlife trafficking unit from Tanzania's National and Transnational Serious Crimes Investigation Unit for more than a year before the arrests were made.

She is thought to be the head of a network which trafficked a huge amount of ivory going back at least as far as 2006. She has confessed to many crimes and could face 20-30 years in jail.

Hopefully she will provide information leading to the arrest of other major traffickers and corrupt government officials.

Let's not let corruption and bribery screw this one up.

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