31 Jan '18, 11am

EasyPeezy News: Indonesia traffickers sold crocs, pythons on social media: Police - Channel…

JAKARTA: A group of suspected animal traffickers have been arrested in Indonesia for selling crocodiles, pythons and other protected species through Facebook and the messaging service WhatsApp, police said on Wednesday (Jan 31). The case is the latest example of how social media has become a key online market place for animal traffickers as conservationists warn that tech giants have not done enough to halt the trade on their platforms. The seven suspects, who were arrested at separate locations in and around Jakarta last week, bought the animals for just 300,000 rupiah (US$22) each before re-selling them online for between 2m and 5m rupiah, authorities said. "The suspects put the animals up for sale on a Facebook page or via WhatsApp," said Jakarta police spokesman Argo Yuwono. "Interested buyers were asked to meet and the animals were handed over to them," he added. The ...

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