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Banned rhino horns found in luggage

Update: August, 01/2016 - 09:00
Customs officers at HCM City’s Tân Sơn Nhất International Airport yesterday discovered a passenger illegally trafficking in forbidden rhino horns from Africa. — Photo kienthuc.net.vn

HCM CITY — Customs officers at HCM City’s Tân Sơn Nhất International Airport yesterday discovered a passenger illegally trafficking in forbidden rhino horns from Africa.

The 42-year-old Vietnamese came back to Việt Nam on a flight from Doha, Qatar. His luggage was checked and was found to be carrying four African rhino horns, which were cut into pieces and hidden in milk boxes. The horns were estimated to worth around VNĐ4.5 billion (more than US$200,000) on the black market.

Environmental groups say rhino poaching has escalated in recent years, driven by the demand for rhino horn in Asian countries. It is used in traditional Chinese medicine, but more commonly as a status symbol to display someone’s success and wealth. — VNS

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