Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Illegal wildlife trade along the Burma-China border - in pictures

Alex Hofford

Monday 21 July 2014 07.00 BST

Mong-La is a notorious sin city of a border town, a lawless black hole where the trafficking of arms, drugs and women is rife.

In order to reach it, you have to travel illegally by motorbike across an international border, along a bumpy dirt track that winds its way through rubber plantations and leafy jungle. It takes around 20 minutes, and along the way you pass impromptu checkpoints set up by local people, ethnic militia and the National Democratic Alliance army, before finally being admitted by Burmese government troops.

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