Posted on 12 Nov, 2015
Check out the live stream of Plenary IV at the 16th International Anti-Corruption Conference.
Posted on 2 Nov, 2015
Across the porous Brazil-Paraguay border, cigarette smuggling is overtaking marijuana and cocaine as the most profitable illegal trade. One in four cigarettes consumed in Brazil is now smuggled. In some regions of Colombia, illegal cigarettes make up 50% of the market share. At the centre of the web is Paraguay and its President, Horacio Cartes. He owns the companies which control much of the production of the smuggled cigarettes. In turn, the racket finances two of the most violent criminal organizations of the Americas: the illicit trade is reshaping the geopolitics of organized crime in the region. Peru is the only country where smuggling has declined, but it still accounts for 20% of the market.