Pressure is growing on organized crime groups across Latin America, as governments signal their support for a piece of flagship legislation to clamp down on illicit trade.
Earlier this year, the Latin American and Caribbean Parliament (Parlatino) approved a Model Law to Combat Illicit Trade and Transnational Organized Crime, which has already been praised by politicians and enforcement agencies across the region seeking to tackle the pervasive issue of illicit trade.
The legislation sets out a legal framework to prevent and prosecute illicit trade, including smuggling and counterfeiting of products, across Latin America. It was unanimously approved by the 23 countries that are represented within Parlatino.
Parlatino’s President Jorge Pizarro Soto explained why this development is so crucial for the continent: “This draft law targets a contemporary issue, since globalization makes it easier to commit these kinds of crimes. One of the roles of the Parlatino is to try and collect practical experiences in order to harmonize legislation at a global level.”
To find out what is next for this Model Law in the region, the Latin America Anti-Piracy and Intellectual Property Consulting (LAAPIP) brought together some of the continent’s leading voices for a panel discussion on what the future could look like. Francisco Escutia, LAAPIP’s executive director, moderated a conversation with:
- Chilean Senator Jorge Pizarro Soto, president of Parlatino
- Argentinian Senator Silvia Giacoppo, Parlatino’s deputy secretary of commissions
- Alejo Campos, regional director for the Caribbean and Bermuda at Crime Stoppers
Watch the full panel discussion below.
Written by STOP: ILLEGAL