Through several dark web channels, wildlife trafficking has become quite easy and hence it resulted in a steep although running under the police radar. The business is probably the growing one possessing ample swiftness and availability of multiple platforms where the traders can operate under anonymity. The reach of the activity is wide but the returns are significantly invaluable and priceless. With a closer outlook, the animal trafficking spreads its roots deep into the dark web where the smuggling of the species becomes easier through the Tor-based markets.
To get into the situation in a thorough manner, a new unit has been planned by the Wildlife Crime Control Bureau (WCCB) in India that operates under the Ministry Union of Forests and Environment. The bureau has been actively taking part for the past decade amending the Wildlife Protection Act of 1972 to curb the illicit animal trafficking that has been organized within the country. The organization gathers the intelligence and shares it with the law enforcement groups and asks both at home and abroad to aid them in controlling the crime against the wildlife within the country and is a well communicated way.
As for the WCCB, the largest form of the challenge lies in tackling the illicit trafficking of the animals especially on the dark web. As per the senior officer of the WCCB, they have managed to gather information regarding the culprits who are using the dark web in a wider sense to sell the illicit products of the wildlife from the species that are critically endangered like the elephant ivory (elephant’s tusks), rhinoceros horns and similar other products. The smugglers who use social media applications like Telegram, WhatsApp etc. are hard to track down as they are close knit groups disabling the method to gather information about them.