U.S., South Africa agree to ‘follow the money’ in wildlife trafficking, Yellen says

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By Andrea Shalal HAMMANSKRAAL, South Africa (Reuters) -The U.S. Treasury Department and South Africa’s National Treasury on Wednesday agreed to form a task force to “follow the money” and step up efforts to halt illegal trade in wildlife, U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said. Speaking at the Dinokeng Game Reserve outside Pretoria, Yellen told South African officials the new group would work to boost information sharing by the countries’ financial intelligence units and to strengthen controls to combat money laundering and terrorist financing. Most wildlife poached and trafficked worldwide…

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