Sea cucumber crime is a thing, and this is where it’s happening

A "seafood mafia" is plying the waters between India and Sri Lanka to satisfy China's appetite for an increasingly rare delicacy.

Credit: Phelps Bondaroff/Katapult Magazin, reproduced with kind permission.
  • Long a delicacy in China and East Asia, sea cucumbers are now also becoming a rarity worldwide.
  • India has outlawed the trade, inaugurated a marine reserve, and put together a law enforcement task force.
  • But the trade remains legal in Sri Lanka, which has become the hub for widespread "seafood laundering."
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