Laos, the new marketplace for ivory poached from Africa
Thursday October 12 2017
Ivory is displayed before being crushed during a public event in Dongguan, south China’s Guangdong province, January 2, 2014. AFP
Laos, historically the poor cousin of China, is beginning to boom with Chinese investors and infrastructure and is no longer the preserve of budget backpackers. Rich Chinese tourists check into opulent addresses with cocky names like Kings Romans to shop for ivory merchandise and gamble away.
The growing retail market in Laos is the latest threat to the African elephant.
But despite this recent decline in price for ivory, the supply out of Africa has remained consistent.