“Online marketplaces have become attractive to traffickers because they offer anonymity and allow people to connect over large distances more easily than ever before,” said Rosa A. Indenbaum, a Senior Programme Officer with TRAFFIC based in Viet Nam and author of the report.
Defeating online trade will require diligence, both from enforcement officers and website companies. This study indicates that, at the moment,.com sites, including social media, are where monitoring and enforcement efforts should be concentrated.
The report recommends the Vietnamese government adapt and apply the existing framework to ensure effective law enforcement across online channels. Likewise, the government is encouraged to form a specialised team to focus on online monitoring of wildlife trade. The study also urges law enforcement personnel and members of the public to report online wildlife crime. This can be done using the Wildlife Witness mobile application, Viet Nam’s Environmental Police Online Reporting Platform, or through Education for Nature-Vietnam’s hotline (18001522).”