Extract from Julian Rademeyer's Killing for Profit: Exposing the Illegal Rhino Horn Trade
Julian Rademeyer researched the underworld of illegal rhino horn trade for two years in order to write Killing for Profit. On the black markets of Southeast Asia, rhino horn is worth more than gold, cocaine and heroin. In the following extract from his book, Rademeyer describes how horn buyer Tommy Tuan seals a deal:
Tommy arrives in Kimberley after dark and hours late for the meeting with the seller. He goes straight to the Road Lodge and checks into a room. He isn’t alone. He’s brought along a friend to look after the money and act as the bagman during the deal. Tommy calls the seller and asks him to come to the hotel. The man agrees. He asks Tommy if he’ll mind if the owner of the horn comes along too. Tommy doesn’t.