Organised crime worth $90bn year in East Asia

Organised crime gangs dealing in fake goods, drugs, human trafficking, and the illicit wildlife trade earn nearly $90bn annually in East Asia and the Pacific, a UN report reveals.

In a report released on Tuesday, the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) said drug trafficking accounted for more than a third of the illegal transnational trade.

The report, named “Transnational Organised Crime in East Asia and the Pacific: A Threat Assessment”, says that as much as $16.3bn worth of heroin and $15bn of methamphetamine are traded annually in the region.

“These transnational criminal activities are a global concern now,” Jeremy Douglas, a regional representative of the UN agency, said in a statement.

“Illicit profits from crimes in East Asia and the Pacific can destabilise societies around the globe,” Douglas said.

Al Jazeera, Qatar

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