Crime Crackdown in Hong Kong 3, 200 arrested
July 27, 2018 | Brainwave Science
Three months back Hong Kong Police launched a special operation with a code name “Thunderbolt 18”. According to reports published in South China Morning Post, ‘During the operation code-named “Thunderbolt 18”, more than 300 illegal gambling dens, drug distribution centers, vice establishments and unlicensed pubs have been shut down across the city. The seizures have included HK$130 million in illegal bets on the FIFA World Cup 2018 matches.’ During the course of the time allocated by the end of August this year this operation has been a collaborative effort, a part of an annual cross-border “clean-up” against organized crime syndicates and triad activities led by police from Hong Kong, Guangdong province and Macau.
With co-ordination of the organized crime and triad bureau with the support of officers from six police regions, Hong Kong police carried out a successful raid leading nearly 3,200 people arrested and HK$220 million in illegal goods and drugs seized in Hong Kong crime crackdown. As reported, ‘Cross-border operation ‘Thunderbolt 18’ has shut down more than 300 illegal gambling dens, drug distribution centers and other establishments in city.’ The suspects have included illegal bookmakers, alleged triad members, drug traffickers, gamblers, mainland prostitutes and those involved in money laundering and investment fraud.
The Hong Kong government has a zero-tolerance policy against illegal drug use. Drugs such as cannabis and ecstasy, which can be considered recreational drugs in other countries are all illegal in Hong Kong. Illegal drug abuse remains one of the major problems among adolescents in Hong Kong. This trend dropped in the mid-1990s but reappeared in the beginning of the 21st century. In addition to lot of trafficking of drugs and goods, yesterday Hong Kong police arrested scores of suspected sex workers after launching new anti-vice raids in a residential building where nearly 100 prostitutes including 17 Russians and seven Thai transgender women were rounded up in a crackdown earlier this year.
Hong Kong Police cannot stand and ignore the problem of Drug Trafficking, Illegal trade, Human Trafficking as well as Sex Trafficking that has been a major challenge. Acting Chief Inspector Timothy Cheung Chun-long said police noticed organized vice activities had made a return in April following the January crackdown in which 99 were arrested. The problem here seems to be more complicated because the crimes are recurrent and unending. How can Hong Kong Police bring and end to this cycle of vice activities that disrupt the life of peace in Hong Kong?
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Once the test is conducted this automated system will deliver with over 99% accuracy if the suspects have information that can lead to dismantling of this whole criminal network and the nexus between drugs, sex and illegal trade.
iCognative is a technology that can be specifically used for such targeted investigations. Important missing links once connected using iCognative technology can very well change the whole crime scene in Hong Kong. With a fraction of cost compared to other subjective and laborious activities involving patrolling and CCTV’s, iCognative is an affordable, accurate and efficient way to generate confidence in people and boost law enforcement’s morale with such huge dismantling of gangs and their networks.
Image: South China Morning Post