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Afrika’s heroïnesnelweg naar de Westerse markt

February 1, 2019 - Een steeds groter deel van de heroïne-oogst uit het onder Talibancontole staande Afghanistan wordt langs een netwerk van zeeroutes verscheept naar Oost- en zuidelijk Afrika in een zogenoemde “smack track” naar het Westen.

The traditional land route via Iran, Turkey and the Balkans has become increasingly difficult for drug traffickers to use – owing to Turkey tightening its borders in response to the war in Syria, and attempts by European countries to keep out refugees. As a result, more of the harvests are being dispatched along the “southern route” to Africa, according to the Economist newspaper.

Most of the heroin is destined for Western markets but a spin-off trade is fuelling consumption in Africa, along with the formation of an integrated regional criminal economy.

PUBLISHED: 01/02/2019; STORY: Graphic News; PICTURES: Getty Images