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Ivory Trafficker Emile N’bouke Arrested with 700 Kilograms of Ivory (Plus: Video)

Killing for ProfitJulian Rademeyer, author of Killing for Profit: Exposing the Illegal Rhino Horn Trade, has written about the arrest of ivory trafficker, Emile N’bouke, who was caught in Togo with 700 kilograms of ivory in his possession.

Earlier this year, Rademeyer went undercover in Togo to try and track down an ivory poaching kingpin. He posed as a wildlife dealer and used a hidden camera to get footage of the trafficking operation, which was run by N’bouke. Rademeyer was joined by Bill Weir from ABC’s Nightline, who produced this video using the footage from the undercover operation. (Please note that the video contains graphic images, which might upset sensitive viewers.)

Early in 2013, Julian Rademeyer, the author of Killing for Profit – Exposing the illegal rhino horn trade, went undercover in the West African country of Togo. His job was to track down an ivory poaching kingpin. Working closely with Ofir Drori, director of the wildlife enforcement NGO, LAGA, he posed as a wildlife dealer to obtain hidden camera footage of an ivory trafficking operation. The man at its helm was Emile N’bouke. The other ivory traders called him “The Boss”. Well-protected and politically well-connected, he seemed untouchable. ABC Nightline’s Bill Weir joined the hunt…

UPDATE: Emile N’bouke was arrested on 6 August, 2013. According to a BBC News report, investigators found 700kg of ivory in his shop in the country’s capital, Lome.

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