Peru's animal-trade problem
Despite tough laws, not a single trafficker has served any time behind bars in the country.
Last Modified: 22 Mar 2010 21:01 GMT

From monkeys to macaws, private collectors can get their hands on most endangered animals, if they are willing to pay the price.

The trafficking of wild animals generates some $20bn a year worldwide.

Under Peruvian law, anyone caught with an endangered animal is liable to be punished by a prison term.

Yet while rare animals live in cages, not a single human trafficker has served any time behind bars.

Is Peru losing the battle against this illegal trade? 

Jennifer Bragg reports from Peru.

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