Widespread Corruption in West Africa Helps Illicit Drug Trade Grow

A member of the Liberia National Police Anti-Drug Squad reviews the municipal dump where they are burning 880 lbs of drugs that were confiscated between 2011 and 2012, Monrovia, Liberia, March 1, 2013 (U.N. photo by Staton Winter).
A member of the Liberia National Police Anti-Drug Squad reviews the municipal dump where they are burning 880 lbs of drugs that were confiscated between 2011 and 2012, Monrovia, Liberia, March 1, 2013 (U.N. photo by Staton Winter).

This summer, Reuters reported on the rise in illegal drug trafficking and production in West Africa. In an email interview, Joanne Csete, an expert on health and human rights issues, discussed West Africa’s growing role in the global drug market. WPR: What role has West Africa played in the global drug market in the past decade? Joanne Csete: There is some evidence that significant transit routes have been established through West Africa for cocaine from Latin America destined for Europe, though the volume may have diminished in the past few years. It is hard to judge trends with seizure data, […]

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