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Criminals in the Dark Heart of Rhino Horn Trade: An Article by Julian Rademeyer

Killing for ProfitJulian Rademeyer, the author of Killing for Profit, has written an article on developments in the trade of rhino horn in China.

In the article, Rademeyer discusses a convicted rhino-horn smuggler and the nature of his exclusive antique and collectibles business in China. He links this to larger trends in China’s illegal trade in horn, and similar black markets in other countries.

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Li Zhifei was the unlikely leader of an international crime ring. According to his business card, Li owned a small antique business in Jinan, the capital of China’s Shandong province. It was called “Overseas Treasure Finding” and Li was its treasure hunter. He boasted a small, but exclusive clientele of wealthy men who, for the most part, collected porcelain, bronze and rarities from long-dead dynasties. But there were three of Li’s customers with more illicit tastes. And, for close on two years, he eagerly obliged them.

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