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7th 201740 kilometers outside of paris. it was a news item the chocked not only wildlife lovers a case no detective had ever imagined taking on. city. buses young child to die cooling of some home office to shift in pocket usual treat things losing 20. mins a placid giant weighing one and a half tons had been found shot dead for is 2 kilos of horn a contract killing carried out in cold blood a short time ago they were always trying to figure out what weapon was used what
chain might have been used to chop off the horn. the lump or news from knowing the owners of the zoo were left in shock. some possibly it's unthinkable that men can come into a see you in a western country and kill a rhino all colleagues in zoos across europe are also anxious we're all scared now let us film know. who killed or vince the rhinoceros who stood to profit from the crime this is an investigation into one of the most lucrative forms of trafficking in the world.
in europe the french case was a 1st in africa it's routine. there one rhino was killed every 8 hours solely for its heart. the rhino horn trade was banned 40 years ago but in asia the horn sells at up 230000 euros a kilo as expensive as gold or heroin. risks like the gold rush at the moment everyone's climbing aboard to mikey's foreigner told us.
it's a global market where horns can fetch a half a 1000000 euros each. enough to corrupt police officers judges and senior politicians and people think just look at it as just getting off on it but the east coast national organized crime at the hospital over a period of 2 years we infiltrated the rhinoceros mafia in the process gaining the trust of poachers. my abroad especially when i think i did not feel much if they jumped up till. we came face to face with an implacable foe in a bloody war revealing a new branch of organized crime. one with appalling consequences the extinction of the rhinoceros appears to be merely a question of time. the
principal front in the war against the horn traders is being fought here in south africa. the country's own 80 percent of the world's rhinos. kruger park famous for its for irony of wildlife and big game is also the main theater of this massacre 504 rhinos were illegally slaughtered here in 2017. this morning a new conkers has been discovered. the park has its own crime squad to carry out autopsies and investigations. this is an adult animal having a look at the feet the size of the lawn in excess of 1015 years old at least. so it was an adult. if you look at the way these holes removed they're almost cut off
with a life is no damage really to their ears but the frontal it was taken off of an x. stopped off with it at. the crime scene you sealed off and documented like with a homicide the rangers take d.n.a. samples collect the bullet casings and secure fingerprints and other forensic evidence to get used to a lot of things get used to the smell but you can never get used to that the slaughter of these animals because that's what it is it's on a daily basis they face they slaughter them they kill them just for that's just. there now remain just 20000 rhinoceroses in south africa. and the country is losing
over $1000.00 a year to poachers. unless action is taken the species will be extinct in 20 years. than come. inside kruger park each ranger must keep watch over 40 square kilometers of course a daunting task and a dangerous one. the rangers are effectively soldiers. kollywood b.c. is one of the few who have the courage to speak out. most of this or you just feel that this indicates so probably go for the families the kids because some of them. they live close to some of these syndicates that feeling that i lost so i wouldn't want to be shunned so in my case i have made up my mind that i would show
my face is as many tenderly as they couldn't and didn't if somebody does something and i need to held accountable. today these rangers are on the front line of a war they have not been trained or equipped to fight. facing them is an invisible and ruthless enemy the forces of the market. the. major has ever ration is appetite for rhino horn the prime markets are china and vietnam. you know nori everyone knows where you can get hold of the commodity and the price is soaring.
it's an illegal lurching business customers are from the elite of society. talking about it is considered taboo. this businessman has agreed to talk to us on the condition of anonymity he takes rhino horn as a miracle medicine. that's at the. scene where i know horn is a gift from god we get the it's one of the best remedies in the world so ground down into a powder it cleanses the brain. and. sure i wouldn't compare it to the discovery of penicillin by but it nonetheless saves thousands of lives so it is valuable as penicillin. the horn is ground into powder or simply rubbed
it's mixed with water or alcohol and then drunk. all that my mother also takes it might be drinking a little every day for the last 40 years not having been sick once. rhinoceros horn is nothing more than keratin the same substance in human fingernails no credible study has ever proved buttes much a claim benefits and yet consumption has rocketed in vietnam over the last 10 years . works with the vietnamese office of the german development agency and is studied the phenomenon for the young sociologist the miracle product rhino horn is a stroke of marketing genius on the part of the traffickers somebody said that one of the high ranking up. and recover from cancer after drinking while
on power but. i only heard that it's out of yuma and in recent years where i want to try it out they set up right on. the set it could have enhanced actual points of mouth. and also right on it and we can't cure cancer but according to the chair the chair i do know from oration or medicine to be. run over horn is in big demand among all segments of society it's become the must have accessory for chic parties the reflection of a certain social status. if you want to move business the local people to be a part of a high ranking officer. no deal it is expensive party fancy what sort of expense it brings and learn a whole part of the. morning has become a symbol of power and corruption the perfect alchemy of crime.
it's 10000 kilometer. years away in south africa that the gangsters operate aided by the country's situation of fragility. behind the modern western for side born into south africans live on less than one euro a day. a quarter of a century after the official end of apartheid violence racial tensions and corruption are destabilizing the country. colonel johan used to of the directorate for priority crime investigation is all too aware of the situation. he heads a unit specially dedicated to combat ing rhino horn trafficking. your
honest work has a shocking level of crime with 25 murders a day. unsurprisingly it's also the hub of the trafficking business. the majority of rhino horns passed through here on their way to asia. the horn trafficking trade is a niche of crime carried out in the shadows. the conspiracy of silence means that the police have to recruit informants. just ok key to survival is all of them but i think our sales are surviving that this is a latino. colonel your study has received a tip off about a sale about to take place near the airport just the traffickers are in a hotel. ok ok we're going in so you can come
now watch out they don't get away just. excuse. me my knee just got a little out. of the whole thing trying to say it's just. the suspects have just left the hotel the horn was hidden in their pickup they were hoping they were in the equivalent of 5 years' salary instead they're now facing 10 years in jail if you could take lane the horn is fake. i. will dismiss it just. you know that you're on the list with the legal position of the final understand that you know that. the 2 men will be tried in court but others will replace them they're just one link you know long chain. it's similar to jock trafficking and and
father trafficking the concept of false national organized crime remains the same people think this should look at it as just the killing of or for all i know but we look at the total supply chain in terms of who is spinning it how do they get if i am so we need to date delivery to the transporters it is part of the supply chain that we need to disrupt because at all of those places east just as important as we are not got killed. organized crime spins its way with a network of middlemen on every continent. to foil customs controls the horns are transmitted through europe or america before reaching asia. more often than not they creep below the radar.
just like the money the infamous rhino dollars. international community appears powerless. in the hague in the netherlands the wildlife justice commission wants to change things by targeting the traffickers bosses. the n g o founded in 2015 brings together intelligence experts the police and lawyers assisting governments in the war on crimes against and dangerous patients. one of the commission's top agents is a man who goes by the name of mean. he works undercover and has managed to penetrate the inner circle of a rhino horn mafia gang. by droppers undercover investigators in the field i've asked the cable of crimes breaking through the wall of traders understand the threat are clear record as to how the criminals operate
such the bad guys up to the wall are criminals behind the bars to do exactly what it was like treatable do what a criminal to. answer to so we will develop different kinds of coal falls records depending on the person coming on the conference the cutting off of measures to be able to go through that. even means most dangerous missions begin on the computer he poses as a buyer and approaches the traffickers via social media such as facebook or we chat . his current target a vietnamese horn baron code named oak. if i open up subjects oak you can see. all these pictures that he has been posting pertaining to the style of writing was he just posted approximately 4 hours ago of
1.5 kilos right now one of his reach out is i'm interested in this number 20 right now horn you can do a very quick calculation and it towns and it goes up to about a $110000.00 u.s. dollars for this far right here the profit margin is from the hide its business. meaning will soon be flying to be at 9. in the face of a week mobilization effort from the international community private initiatives are leading the fight. in south africa an army has been recruited for the purpose none of them is a police officer or
a professional soldier and yet they've chosen to join the troops have been seen barcus a thorn in the side of the pro-choice but. like. it or not the young guys may want to cash purchases they want to put barges in general. or just doing their job die to die why come up tomorrow morning trying to the field sleeping out in the bush is all of this everything right by simply these guys for 6 to 8 weeks they're in charge and then a year old to go work for us every single day that loves interest. not due to their lives but lose it runs a private militia of 350 men. drugs most of whom are south africans but there are also recruits from the us and europe. means in saw a. active duty as a soldier in angola. today he works for a wildlife preserves with his little army. and it might land out.
there in a constant state of alert as the horn trading increasingly resembles guerrilla warfare. in recent years poachers of killed up to 30 rhinos a week. the slaughter is gathering pace. to meet demand. on that collar. around the city councilors. said rightly in downtown camas tossed off. if you trade the funk all around that another iran is going down but once that suncoast been might and united the is a good draw are not armed it's just work. and then you actually get one side excited but even maybe a bit too and now you want to see what you can find to catch the 1st.
but if we are built to stand. for 3 years all 4 years of this was obvious to that other animals cough. it wasn't a keen shock because and what if you can use a different type of we're going down which isn't j.d. i'll kill to shoot in your neck. with a crime like this the only witness is the bush. tonight
the poachers are bound to be out on the promise it's full moon ideal like conditions for hunting. vincent's men set off and spread out. on. the stakeout the roads and inspect the fences. around most of our ists there's been a struggle. these private sector rangers have the same powers as the police vincent arrested more than 20 poachers last year. something streets against my children threats against my wife threats against me since my father and mother from
all the normal streets will kill you or will strike you last will do this but i don't fear them where you just get on with it or. how many vehicles aside slowly now it's true. but not the ones we're looking for her sure. the poachers have vanished into the night. for the rangers a sleepless night with no arrests to show for it. closely . 2 sides others are just losing the battle engines parts is i think quite accurate.
sir you are we we are sorry. if you look at the force this year by sickly as far as you are can see right up to the rise and is what trees grow to cover so they could be anybody and that. we managed to meet this elusive enemy. we took weeks to convince to convince them to tell us about their lawns as killers. when we go into the bush will be us on. a bed for food. and another one is kinda x. to cut down on and on and decide in standard bodies. just to shoot.
just to show that i. thought there was a professional he's already shot and killed 7 rhinos for each one he earned 5000 euros the equivalent of an average annual salary here when i show up and then of course i get happy when i see money is the day. it's all about. to witness things when their mine is finished and then we go out again. live some. where there was from mozambique that he send in their weapons. report it's like maybe 10 will 15 people in beak many many people involved. everyone can die. day for one of things but i'm thankful all things that is not important. in the netherlands undercover agent me has been working for
a year now on the vietnamese horn behrendt. is the continual are you want all these here or there is all were main subjects of their own lives a hard life you are friends you will be here which sells the lives of your. one year to piece together oakes network his customers suppliers sellers and competitors sometimes via social media we have seen this subject open has been posting a large quantity of rote little ones all analysis refute that there are approximately 836 kilos detainees every 5 florins we have doesn't work to be in contact with him and he has agreed to meet me next week and get up and is our client. data on the pricing approximately how much is 7 mile an estimation is
$6500000.00 u.s.d. . this sting operation has given the green light making music heading to be at not where he'll try to trap coke. i wouldn't call myself an activist i'm not even in fact i love to eat meat on a cycle of other people are just you know make a little cash 1st or like or change of the world. many horns pounds through her knowing before reaching consumers elsewhere in vietnam or other parts of asia. meaning is set himself up in an in conspicuous neighborhood. they are a team will be helping him under cover. to so you've obviously
been a public site with the subject of safety wise we'll call you usually we will be a boy and obviously we'll be following your location but technical ways what those . but you know just paper the thing not some friendly just a guy these trust. ming arranges to meet oke at a cafe in one of the more upscale parts of town. the undercover agent has told him he's interested in buying 5 rhino horns a deal worth half a 1000000 euros. this will be their 1st meeting in person and the agent knows he'll be subjected to a few tests i think this drug is particularly demanding on a person to be able to manage stress very intense situation and circumstances it's just a part of the job you have to cope with. some of these guys could be extremely
dangerous we have found the other things are going to knock out its or what is. being has in place at the agreed location. behind him he's team films the scene in secret. after a few minutes arrives he's in his thirty's and dressed casually in bermuda shorts and flip flops is that the enemies what a traitor. yes being in the 1st that's for about 3 years girl. all right so arrived again and you know also we need to also go together with what he claims to be 10 talls are $3.30 if you know right off alls are africa. it was transported right a scene where he could use a cane if you're just out of the pockets of or in here on the level of the network
we have actually here is considered to be relatively high. passes the test and gains opes trust dealing cannot begin with a high ranking gangster who puts out contracts on rhinos on the other side of the planet. the kruger national park has a weak flank its border to mozambique. for poachers an ideal gateway and exit. some of them. mints into spent weeks secretly preparing for this trip together with the american n.g.o.s wild and free. a lot of the approaches inside africa come from these areas. but the guys who
actually pulled the trigger are a creature from the areas we got into. mozambique is one of the poorest countries in the world. weapons have circulated freely since a decades long civil war and a recent islamist insurgency. and crime syndicates have had little problem finding new recruits among those who have nothing. when you see how those people live. you learn to stand exactly why they're doing what they do and want wildlife in these areas doesn't stand a charge because people need food it's a simple as that. there's trauma bentyl some people call it there are no war that's been going for 10 years and it's not getting better but nobody's. addressing the fighters nobody speaking to the fighters i'm sorry you know what are your needs why
you dream which if you. vincent stops at a village just across the border south africa with its supply of rhino horn is only a few kilometers away. this is one of the poachers strongholds i. mean since come on armed he's come to meet the community leaders. some of these men may have already encountered vincent at night deep in the bush. i'm certain the trappings of wealth are visibly evident. just look around us the tavern we meet in we use i'll call is the biggest i'm arse's bold in this community and then there's absolute poverty so is the money coming to buy the alcohol and there's not this good whisky in me where does that money come from it
comes from the ronald. vincent isn't here on a policing mission in any case he has no jurisdiction in mozambique he's just here to ease certain tensions morning everyone it's no secret that the reason we all here to die is because of the run off but we have not come here to tell you not to parts or on our parts or on our nothing thread is not our business we love animals and we love people we cannot expect communities to look at wildlife as we do. if they are not been a fitting from wild life as we do our believe in this community we can fix that and china's things. the rhino dollars aren't appreciated by everyone here fast money spent badly has repeatedly caused tensions among the locals. there are no dollars a bring in prostitution. which is epping your quite big drug addiction it's the
secret turns come in and it alcohol abuse. one solution would be to create real jobs for the poachers by developing tourism for example. vincent and its friends didn't come empty handed they've brought along soccer shirts and boots. soccer is the number one sport in mozambique. and it's our guest in with the community studies show that play or sports leads to innovation and creativity so everything that we're trying to do. uplift and projects bring in jobs and micro financing and all this later on is starts with soccer because then you pick up self-esteem and you have teamwork and something to hope for. the wild and
free n.g.o.s set up for tournaments the rhino cup. 3 months later been sent is back with the final. soccer won't solve every problem but a dialogue has now been established with the poachers village as it. is because of these. are men that are not. walked up to me shook my hand thanked me and then in these are in language said to me i promise you my children want god to the kruger park sar think that's the cherry on the top. i started our british purchase should be short and killed it was our new one method to deal with the parts of those i used to sit in fart one another for the rest of our large or we can sit in full can stop being rich whites elitists and blinded for everything. get
out from beyond our fences come and listen to going to serve a lot more on a dreamless in the dead shooting people slaughters. back in hanoi ming is having his 2nd meeting with. the trafficker had actually been planning to sell his horns to chinese buyers but evidently the goods are still an annoying. so conventionally agrees to show ming the horns it's a risky meeting ming is going on his own without a hidden camera. we meet him the next day it's for security reasons we decided not to carry any cameras
however i was able to take pictures of the products that they want to arrive at the place. the forest was direct in white plastic sacks and people were actually a referendum. in taking them out of the box at the back. this is a picture of all the forces. in the house over here you can see in total 28 horns were. shown to me and some of them are quite freshly obtained. probably the right notes but you're not too long ago because i'm looking at the face of the horn still got the red lights things on top of even a bit of the flesh on there and in fact when i entered the room the spot was very strong. mission ends here.
because of my knocks with exposure within this network. it became very difficult for us to proceed. further we decided to pull out. before returning to the netherlands main hands all the evidence from his investigation over to the authorities. 10 days later the vietnamese police seized their horns and arrested a man. but both himself managed to evade capture sadly crime bosses are more often than not untouchable. in south africa colonel yost there has high hopes for his next operation one of his
most ambitious to date. yost and his team want to catch a very big fish a crime boss with personal control of 2 thirds of all poaching in kruger park. for this operation and police tactical unit has been called in. this morning 70 men will mount several raids at the suspects various known hideouts. of the operation is now on and will strike at a number of addresses simultaneously i think this is a go it's a go it's a go go dancer go for you to go to i started out as. the primary target is the bosses own luxury homes. the punters like. but inside the team finds only the suspect starter.
i don't want to. lose more modest building is used for physical transactions. but the premises are empty . the. crime bosses accomplices are caught red handed with rhino horns. they were on their way to the airport after having run the goods in aluminum foil. as for the prime suspect he's arrested at another of his villars by colonel used to himself. his name is petrus my brutha
54 years old also known as mr big. it's a very wealthy person uses his money well from within the community the community it looks up team in terms of a provided offset and support i'll believe that he's very arrogant because he feels that he's untouchable i think the benefit for this operation. we took away some of his ad against in terms of it's not local police that is dealing with him it's not the local people that he can't corrupt. wallace that is contributing in the fight against crime which we did not won the war yet. we stabilize the situation but obviously organize around he said we'll shoot top of john that you deal with so will you trying to stop it at one place it will lead up to the other one.
in the ongoing war who will prevail the poachers or those protecting the rhinos. with only 25000 rhinos left worldwide where the men and women fighting organized crime have time to win the war before it's too late. 2 years on from the shocking events in 12 b. the culprits of still not been identified. the zoo now has a new resident called unesco a symbolic new arrival. of the crime syndicates today have the power to wipe out a species that has roamed the earth for 55000000 years. threatening
people. g.w. . sometime in the 26. my great granddaughter. what would the world be like in your lifetime and around half a century. when i was born there were 3000000000 people you will share the planet with. your world will be around 2 degrees one. evidently sea levels rise by at least one during this century. we're going to have some climate impacts which are greater than what we see all pretty. much have to play. why are people
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