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Report Finds Peru Timber Trade Taken Over by Criminal Networks

A new report offering a detailed statistical breakdown of Peru’s timber trade exposes the staggering levels of illegality that have contaminated the country’s...
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Illegal Mining Crackdown May Push Peru’s Former Miners to Coca, Timber

Authorities in Peru say they have successfully driven illegal gold mining out of the Amazon, but will other illegal economies take its...
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Timber Laundering in Peru: The Mafia Within

The mafia that makes trafficking of illegally-sourced wood possible in Peru is not made up of timber trade outlaws. It is a network of corrupt...
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Timber Laundering in Peru: The Mafia in the Middle

Illegal timber in Peru is sourced and sold across the country. But most of the money laundering happens in between these destinations. Our team traveled to...
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High-Profile Arrests Won’t Stem Cocaine Production in Peru’s VRAEM

Authorities have arrested two prominent drug traffickers in Peru’s largest coca-producing region in recent months, but the dentitions alone are unlikely to help...
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Mysterious Deaths, Threats and Skulduggery Surround Odebrecht Investigation

A number of whistleblowers in the Odebrecht corruption scandal have died under mysterious circumstances, and now a prosecutor in Peru says that a...
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Peru Criminals Set Up Phony Govt Agency to Receive Bribes

A criminal group in Peru built a phony government office to swindle contractors bidding on a public works project. But the scheme only worked because such projects...
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Peru Wildlife Agency Eases Export of Illegal Shark Fins

Peru’s government agency entrusted with protecting endangered species is under investigation for collaborating with shark fin traffickers who export illegal...
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Peru Targets Multinationals Linked to Sale of Illegal Gold

A new investigation into illegal mining has revealed that Peruvian prosecutors are digging into a large Swiss refinery for buying suspect gold. The case is the...