A terrifying true story of greed, corruption, depravity and ruthless criminal enterprise.

On the black markets of Southeast Asia, rhino horn is worth more than gold, cocaine and heroin. This book is the story of a more than two-year-long investigation into a dangerous criminal underworld where merciless syndicates will stop at nothing to attain their prize. It is a tale of greed, folly and corruption, and of an increasingly desperate battle to save rhinos - which have existed for more than 50 million years.
Killing for Profit is a meticulous and devastating account of one of the world’s most secretive trades. It exposes poachers, scoundrels, gangsters, conmen, mercenaries, killers, gun-runners, diplomats, government officials and kingpins behind the slaughter. And it follows the bloody trail from the frontlines of the rhino wars to the lair of a wildlife-trafficking kingpin on the banks of the Mekong River.

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Punpitak Chunchom, a member of a Laos-based wildlife smuggling syndicate poses with rhino horns taken in pseudo-hunts.

Apocalypse Rhinoceros

By Julian Rademeyer It is a sound you never forget. Perhaps because it is so unexpected in an animal weighing two tons: a piercing, unearthly keen, like a child crying out in pain. It is hard to describe and even harder to endure. The first time I heard it, I was in a cramped office […]

The former headquarters of the Xaysavang Trading Export-Import company in Paksan Laos. Photo: Julian Rademeyer

US$1-million bounty for wildlife crime syndicate exposed in Killing for Profit

By Julian Rademeyer The United States government has announced a $1-million reward for information “leading to the dismantling” of a key wildlife crime network exposed in Killing for Profit. It is the first reward of its kind ever offered by the US government. In a statement issued on 13 November 2013, US Secretary of State […]

Podcast: The wildlife trafficking underworld

Julian Rademeyer, the author of Killing for Profit: Exposing the illegal rhino horn trade, discusses the links between wildlife trafficking, organised crime and terrorism with Talk Radio 702’s Jenny Crwys-Williams. Tweet

IRIN Africa: Environmental crimes increasingly linked to violence, insecurity

NEW YORK, 3 October 2013 (IRIN) – Organized environmental crime is known to pose a multi-layered threat to human security, yet it has long been treated as a low priority by law enforcers, seen as a fluffy “green” issue that belongs in the domain of environmentalists. But due to a variety of factors – including […]