01.Counterfeiting fuelling crime, UN says
The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has launched the next phase in its anti-counterfeiting campaign, “Don’t buy into organised crime”, linking counterfeiting with organised crime in an attempt to stop consumers buying into the $250 billion industry.
According to the UN, the counterfeiting industry is rife with significant health and safety issues, and counterfeit goods are financing criminals and leading to labour exploitation and environmental damage.
“Counterfeiting fuels other crimes such as corruption and money laundering, and often overlaps with trafficking of drugs, guns and human beings,” said UNODC executive director Yury Fedotov. “For this reason, there is a pressing need to tackle counterfeiting, particularly by convincing consumers to reduce the demand for these illicit goods.”
The UN’s campaign has been recognised with the 2014 Global Anti-Counterfeiting Award.