by Dorothy Kosich, MineWeb.com:
The United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI) is reportedly launching a global study in September examining the role organized crime allegedly plays in the production and distribution of precious metals such as gold, according to the Wall Street Journal.
Although Mineweb could not find a reference to the new study on the UNICRI website, the organization’s magazine, Freedom From Fear, has an article on illicit trafficking in precious metals in its latest issue.
The agency claims that illicit trafficking of precious metals has become the focus of organized criminal groups “in producing countries such as South Africa, Africa, Russia, the USA, South America and China”.
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