UNODC Press release 6.01. Drug trafficking in the Golden Triangle

6 January 2009 – UNODC has just published the second volume of “De Narcoticis”; a series of photojournalism books depicting the lives of real people involved in – or touched by – the trade in illicit drugs.
This second volume takes as its canvas the area which has come to be known as the Golden Triangle; the part of South East Asia encompassing Thailand, Laos and Myanmar. The first volume focused on Colombia. UNODC has been active here for many years, with much success. The area now produces only 5 per cent of the world’s opiates (down from over 70 per cent some 30 years ago) and UNODC has been influential in bringing local governments together in a common fight against the drug trade.
The book is produced by award-winning photographer, journalist and UNODC goodwill ambassador, Alessandro Scotti. Scotti says that the “de Narcoticis” project “gives a face to the protagonists of this world. It’s an underworld which has been examined closely enough to give us plenty of figures and statistics, but which is less known for its personal stories”.
The stories in the book are varied: it does not judge any of the characters involved, and there are many. They range from enforcement officers to traffickers, plantation workers to addicts in treatment centres; people united only by the fact that they all occupy some small part of the long drug trafficking chain. continue

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