Criminal organizations in Uganda and East Africa are linked to ivory and of recently heavily linked to pangolin trafficking.
A third of hunters and traders interviewed in Uganda reported that traffickers take advantage of the weak border controls and security challenges in northern Uganda, Democratic Republic of the
Congo and South Sudan to offload the scales they collected, sometimes concealing themselves as impoverished locals to avoid detection at known checkpoints.
An illustration by the 2020 Willdlife Crime Pangolin Scales report showing Uganda trafficking network routes.
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