Many times when we discuss illicit trade we focus on the authorities and their roles and shortcomings. However, what role can each individual play in reducing illicit trade? Let us first remind ourselves about the activity of illicit trade. (more…)

While we have dealt with illicit pharmaceuticals, cigarettes and luxury brands, no illicit producers are as boldfaced as the movie and music pirates. If you walk through our cities and boroughs, the illegal activity of piracy thrives under the “watchful” eyes and noses of law enforcement officers. (more…)

Christmas is a time of gift giving. But is that specially selected gift for your loved one funding criminal activity ? If the gift you purchase happens to be one of the many counterfeited items on sale across our country, then your Christmas gift may just be helping an international criminal network. (more…)

Illicit cigarettes ignite trouble…. contributing to the scourge of illegal firearms, human trafficking, money laundering and annually robbing our country of more than TT$ 30M in revenue. While the health risks of cigarette use are well known and legally affixed to packets, the health problem is further compounded when the product is made in unsanitary conditions and contain unauthorized substances. (more…)

Counterfeit medical products and devices are a serious problem worldwide. While you may knowingly purchase a pirated DVD or a fake wristwatch, you will not do the same for counterfeit medication. Why? Because this fake pharmaceutical purchase harms you. According to a PricewaterhouseCoopers Report of 2017, the counterfeit pharmaceutical market worldwide earns between USD163 to USD217 billion annually. In T&T we too are seriously affected by this phony medication problem. The reason for that pain not being relieved but becoming more severe therefore, may very likely be the medication. Unfortunately, illicit pharmaceuticals have been found at pharmacies across our country. (more…)

Illicit trade is a growing problem worldwide and is quickly replacing activities such as drug trafficking as the major source of funding for criminal enterprises. It is projected to grow to USD 2.8 trillion dollars by 2022. This crime and its links to human trafficking, firearms, drugs, terrorism and environmental crimes has already been established. Interpol has also noted that “the trade in fake and pirated goods is a transnational crime, run by extensive and complex criminal enterprises”. In addition to counterfeit items, the trading of legitimate goods through illicit channels with the non-payment of the required taxes is also a major component of illicit trade. (more…)

On Monday July 1 and Tuesday July 2 2019, Crime Stoppers Trinidad and Tobago (CSTT) hosted a workshop titled “Understanding The Challenges of Illicit Trade in Trinidad and Tobago”. The session was attended by Police and Customs Officers, Municipal Police Officers, Business Chamber members, brand owners and security managers. (more…)

Crime Stoppers Trinidad and Tobago and Crime Stop Jamaica with the support of Caribbean, Bermuda and Latin American Crime Stoppers Inc. (CBLA) have embarked on a regional project to highlight the negative effects of illicit trade. Since tobacco has been found to be one of the major illicitly traded products used to fund criminal enterprises, a significant focus will be placed on this product while highlighting all others.

The programme aims to bring together law enforcement, private industry and public sector organizations in a collaboration that will encourage reporting and enforcement action on all types of illicitly traded products. A public awareness and education campaign will therefore form an important element in this effort.