Hong Kong customs has intercepted some 2,500 tonnes of smuggled frozen meat in the first half of the year, 40 per cent more than the total seized over the preceding 11 years. Photo: Edmond So Hong Kong customs has intercepted some 2,500 tonnes of smuggled frozen meat in the first half of the year, 40 per cent more than the total seized over the preceding 11 years. Photo: Edmond So
Hong Kong customs has intercepted some 2,500 tonnes of smuggled frozen meat in the first half of the year, 40 per cent more than the total seized over the preceding 11 years. Photo: Edmond So
David Luna
Opinion

Opinion

David Luna

How Covid-19 is proving a boon for criminal networks’ illicit trade, endangering international security

  • As the pandemic forces more people to go online for their needs, the black market trade – particularly in drugs, alcohol and tobacco – has boomed, causing untold harm to consumers and losing governments millions in critical revenue

Hong Kong customs has intercepted some 2,500 tonnes of smuggled frozen meat in the first half of the year, 40 per cent more than the total seized over the preceding 11 years. Photo: Edmond So Hong Kong customs has intercepted some 2,500 tonnes of smuggled frozen meat in the first half of the year, 40 per cent more than the total seized over the preceding 11 years. Photo: Edmond So
Hong Kong customs has intercepted some 2,500 tonnes of smuggled frozen meat in the first half of the year, 40 per cent more than the total seized over the preceding 11 years. Photo: Edmond So
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David Luna

David Luna

David M. Luna is president and CEO of Luna Global Networks & Convergence Strategies LLC. He is a former US diplomat and national security official; current chair of the Business at OECD Anti-Illicit Trade (AIT) Expert Group; chair of AIT Committee of the US Council for International Business (USCIB); member of The Business 20 (B20/G20) Integrity & Compliance Task Force; and a senior fellow for national security and co-director of the Anti-Illicit Trade Institute (AITI), at the Terrorism, Transnational Crime, Corruption Centre, Schar School of Policy and Government, George Mason University.