Maritime enforcement agencies face significant challenges in their struggle to obtain comprehensive maritime domain awareness (MDA) within the Bay of Bengal. Undetected illlict activities like smuggling, human trafficking, piracy, and armed robbery threaten regional stability.
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In 2019 over 61 metric tons of pangolin products were seized in Asia. The strong demand for keratin scales and pangolin meat in Asia creates a lucrative business for wildlife traffickers.
In August of 2019, the Angolan courts convicted a Brazilian woman of narcotics trafficking and sentenced her to four years in prison. Just a few weeks ago, in January 2020, another Brazilian drug dealer was sentenced to eight years in an Angolan prison for international drug trafficking.
The Indonesian Institute of Sciences has found that one-third of Indonesia's 5.1 million hectares of coral reef are in a precarious state.
Anti-government protests erupted across Lebanon in October 2019. Plagued by years of economic downturn, civil unrest, corruption, and rampant pollution, Lebanese people took to the streets frustrated with the lack of economic opportunities, stable electricity and clean water, and waste and pollution-management infrastructure.
Trade in illicit arms in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, has been reported since the mid-1990s and continues today as regional instability is exacerbated by massive refugee displacement. Horrific conditions in refugee camps have led to economic exploitation by criminal organizations.
The recent series of kidnappings along the Sulu Sea raises concerns for the security forces in the region. This article analyzes the land-sea nexus of the maritime threat and proposes the adoption of new measures to enhance the TCA.
The Gambia has become a hotspot for human trafficking, with victims coming from not only the Gambia, but all over West Africa. Women and children are subjected to sex trafficking, forced labor in street vending, and domestic servitude.
A history of Islamist radicalization, widespread crime, and close proximity to the crisis in Venezuela are factors that make securing Trinidad’s maritime space crucial to the fight against transnational organized crime and terror.