The global COVID-19 pandemic has tragically impacted the lives, health and wellbeing of many around the world. It has led to deep economic recessions, compounded business losses, increased unemployment and reduced consumer incomes. Often overlooked is the fact that the dire impacts of COVID are being worsened by illicitly traded…


In the 1930s, one of the most wanted men for the US treasury agents was Al Capone. It was the time when the US was witnessing the Prohibition era. But this didn’t stop Al Capone from running his successful liquor business.

Knowing that he can’t carry out his business openly…


With millions of pages on the internet is surprising to learn that 90% of them are not indexed by search engines like Google, Yahoo or Bing, etc. This means that only a tiny portion of the internet is accessible through search engines or standard means.

Ok, wait, what does that mean?

To better understand the different…


The illegal wildlife trade is a problem that has not only put the wild animal’s habitat in danger, but has also supported the rapidly thriving black market. The high price attached to elephants and rhinos’ body parts is the reason why poachers are ruthlessly killing these iconic species. …


Free trade zones have a long and cherished role in world trade, dating back to at least early 1700s. They provide numerous benefits to business and countries. …


Organized crime and illicit economies are increasingly prominent sources of political corruption, as criminal networks pour money into parties and forge alliances with officials and their intermediaries. Transnational organized crime generates an estimated $870 billion in annual revenue, according to a report published in 2016 by the Global Initiative against…


The digital economy has played a significant role in the world’s economic growth. The shift from traditional markets to online marketplaces has allowed sellers to interact with a larger global audience.

The rise of the e-commerce industry, however, has its own share of problems which, if left unnoticed, may have…


There is no denying the fact that illicit trade is a worldwide problem. It poses a serious threat to legitimate businesses and hurts a brand’s image.

For years, researchers have been studying the supply side of the trade to combat the sale and distribution of counterfeit products. However, the other…


Illicit trade is a complex problem and a menace to the world’s economic growth. It poses a serious threat to consumers’ health and the reputation of legitimate manufacturers while stunning a country’s economic growth.

The world’s population is growing, and the demand for novel, customizable products is increasing at a…

Hernan Albamonte

Passionate about Latin American politics and int. geopolitics, with solid experience in anti-illicit trade strategies, public affairs and communications.

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