Afternoon Drive with John Maytham

Madagascar Vanilla Industry - Corruption, Money Laundering and Criminality

Guest: Julia Stanyard Julia Stanyard represents The Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime to discuss the investigation into the corruption, money laundering and criminality of The Vanilla Trade in Madagascar.  About 80% of the world’s vanilla is grown in the mountainous regions of Madagascar. Extraordinary price rises in recent years have brought rising criminality including organised and violent thefts, money laundering and related corruption. Now, in response to falling prices, the government has imposed minimum prices for exports, but this has provided an opening for new forms of money laundering and corruption.

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