HomeNewsBrief'Ecotrafficker' Caught in French Guiana Airport With Hummingbirds in Pants
BRIEF

'Ecotrafficker' Caught in French Guiana Airport With Hummingbirds in Pants

ENVIRONMENTAL CRIME / 28 SEP 2011 BY JEANNA CULLINAN EN

A man was detained at the airport in Cayenne, French Guiana, while allegedly attempting to smuggle more than a dozen live hummingbirds out of the country, concealed in his pants.

The Dutch national was stopped at Rochambeau airport in the French Caribbean territory, which borders on Brazil and Suriname.

Customs agents took photos of the tiny birds, who were individually wrapped in cloth to keep them still, and then inserted into pouches over the man's crotch - see images below and left, via the Daily Mail.

Trafficking in rare and endangered species is a multibillion-dollar business for organized crime groups in Latin America. Interpol estimates that ecotrafficking generates up to $20 billion in annual profits worldwide.

One reason traffickers might turn to the illegal trade in rare creatures and flora is that this can be more profitable and less risky than other organized crime activities, like human smuggling.

hummingbirds2

hummingbirds3

hummingbirds4

share icon icon icon

Was this content helpful?

We want to sustain Latin America’s largest organized crime database, but in order to do so, we need resources.

DONATE

What are your thoughts? Click here to send InSight Crime your comments.

We encourage readers to copy and distribute our work for non-commercial purposes, with attribution to InSight Crime in the byline and links to the original at both the top and bottom of the article. Check the Creative Commons website for more details of how to share our work, and please send us an email if you use an article.

Was this content helpful?

We want to sustain Latin America’s largest organized crime database, but in order to do so, we need resources.

DONATE

Related Content

BRAZIL / 3 FEB 2020

The case of an infamous Irish trafficker who is facing extradition to Brazil for stealing peregrine falcon eggs has brought…

ECUADOR / 28 MAY 2015

Officials in Ecuador have reported a large number of shark fins seized over the past month, a development that suggests…

ENVIRONMENTAL CRIME / 10 NOV 2020

Fisherman are denouncing increased piracy around Lake Valencia in northern Venezuela, which is weakening one of the last productive industries…

About InSight Crime

THE ORGANIZATION

InSight Crime Tackles Illegal Fishing

15 OCT 2021

In October, InSight Crime and American University’s Center for Latin American and Latino Studies (CLALS) began a year-long project on illegal, unreported, unregulated (IUU) fishing in…

THE ORGANIZATION

InSight Crime Featured in Handbook for Reporting on Organized Crime

8 OCT 2021

In late September, the Global Investigative Journalism Network (GIJN) published an excerpt of its forthcoming guide on reporting organized crime in Indonesia.

THE ORGANIZATION

Probing Organized Crime in Haiti

1 OCT 2021

InSight Crime has made it a priority to investigate organized crime in Haiti, where an impotent state is reeling after the July assassination of President Jovenel Moïse, coupled with an…

THE ORGANIZATION

Emergency First Aid in Hostile Environments

24 SEP 2021

At InSight Crime's annual treat, we ramped up hostile environment and emergency first aid training for our 40-member staff, many of whom conduct on-the-ground investigations in dangerous corners of the region.

THE ORGANIZATION

Series on Environmental Crime in the Amazon Generates Headlines

17 SEP 2021

InSight Crime and the Igarapé Institute have been delighted at the response to our joint investigation into environmental crimes in the Colombian Amazon. Coverage of our chapters dedicated to illegal mining…