Killing for Profit: Exposing the Illegal Rhino Horn Trade

Killing for Profit: Exposing the Illegal Rhino Horn Trade

by Julian Rademeyer


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Rhino horn is worth more than cocaine, heroin or even gold on the black markets of Southeast Asia and China. Now, Killing for Profit brings you the story of one man’s journey into a violent underworld where ruthless criminal syndicates will stop at nothing to attain their prize – a tale of greed and corruption and of an increasingly desperate battle to save from extinction an animal that has existed for over 50 million years. This is investigative journalism at its gripping best. If you read only one book this year, you want it to be this one …

Journalist Julian Rademeyer follows the bloody trail of the syndicates, poachers, smugglers, hunters and hustlers from the frontlines of the rhino wars in Zimbabwe and South Africa to the medicine markets of Vietnam, and into the lair of a wildlife trafficking kingpin on the banks of the Mekong River in Laos. This book will appeal to anyone concerned about the survival of our endangered animal species and the environment in general.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781770223349
Publisher: Penguin Random House South Africa
Publication date: 03/01/2013
Pages: 344
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

JULIAN RADEMEYER is an award-winning investigative journalist who, for nearly 20 years, has written and worked for City Press, Beeld, The Witness, the Sunday Times, Pretoria News, The Herald, Reuters, the Sydney Morning Herald and the Australian Associated Press (AAP). Until recently he was chief reporter for Media24 Investigations. He has reported from a number of countries, including Somalia, Equatorial Guinea, Niger, Mozambique, Namibia, Belarus, India, Egypt and the Lebanon, where he covered the 2006 ‘Summer War’. He has won a number of awards, notably the 2005 Vodacom Journalist of the Year award for print news and the 2009 Mondi Shanduka Newspaper Award for hard news. He has twice been a finalist for the Taco Kuiper Award, South Africa’s leading investigative journalism prize. His work has been published in two books: Troublemakers: The Best of South Africa’s Investigative Journalism and the BY Bedkassieboek, a compilation of the best of Afrikaans newspaper writing. He lives in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Table of Contents

Introduction vii

1 Crooks' Corner 1

2 The Wiseguy 23

3 Apartheid's Secret 45

4 Operation Lock 63

5 The Superspy 79

6 The Hunters 100

7 The 'Boeremafia' 127

8 Johnny the Rat 151

9 The Killing 168

10 Juju and the 'Poacher' 194

11 Poacher's Moon 211

12 Hard Knocks 232

13 The Embassy 251

14 Shopping for Rhino Horn in Hanoi 264

15 The Kingpin 287

Glossary 303

Abbreviations and Acronyms 305

Acknowledgements 309

References 313

Index 325

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