One year after its official launch, the Turn Back Crime campaign has been recognized with an award from the Global Anti-Counterfeiting Group. Head of the campaign, Roraima Andriani, accepted the 2015 Media Award on behalf of the world’s police. The ceremony took place on World Anti-Counterfeiting Day (24 June 2015) at the Headquarters of the Union des Fabricants in Paris.
Be extra careful when ordering prescription drugs on Internet, as you could be putting your life at risk. This is the clear warning from Austria’s national police as part of its nationwide Turn Back Crime campaign, launched on 1 June 2015. The campaign site illustrates how counterfeit drugs can contain dangerous ingredients, are often created in unsanitary environments, and may not even contain the active ingredient of the drug the consumer intended to buy.
Organized criminals traffic an astonishing range of fake goods. This was underlined in an operation carried out across the Americas and the Caribbean, which seized car parts, fuel, food, detergent, cigars, shampoo and steel, among other fake products. In total, the seized goods were worth nearly USD 60 million.
A right hook from the Minister of Home Affairs launched Zambia’s Turn Back Crime campaign on 21 May at the Police Headquarters in Lusaka. After several friendly rounds in the ring with INTERPOL Lusaka staff to illustrate the punch required to effectively turn back crime, Home Affairs Minister Chama Davies declared Zambia’s campaign officially launched.
Get Up, Stand Up. For Music. This year’s World Intellectual Property Day (26 April) celebrates the ingenuity and creativity of musicians and artists across the world. However, music piracy puts their inventiveness and livelihoods under threat, while the profits from unlicensed music downloads and sales of fake CDs are often used to fund serious organized crimes. You can help! It’s time to get up, stand up against crime in the music industry. Protect your favourite artists by buying your music from a licensed provider.
The Turn Back Crime campaign was presented to visitors to the inaugural INTERPOL World event in Singapore by Michael Ellis, the Assistant Director for Trafficking in Illicit Goods and Counterfeiting. The first INTERPOL World forum opened today in Singapore with the aim of “Fostering innovation to meet global security challenges”. Several thousand visitors were expected to attend the show.
“From the farm to the plate, everyone, everywhere needs safe food” Food safety is the theme of this year’s World Health Day on 7 April. According to the World Health Organization, 2 million deaths are caused each year by food and drinks products contaminated with harmful bacteria, parasites and chemicals.
Although music piracy may not seem like a dangerous crime, the people running piracy websites or selling fake CDs are often part of organized criminal gangs. Not only are they stealing legitimate profits from artists and musicians, but the profits are often used to fund other crimes. Industry experts from around the world gathered at INTERPOL’s headquarters (18-19 March 2015) to consolidate efforts in addressing this type of crime.
3 March marks World Wildlife Day. We’re supporting the global call to get serious about organized wildlife crime which is often linked to other forms of crime, including corruption and drug trafficking. Wildlife crime is the illegal exploitation of the world’s natural resources. This includes the destruction of endangered plant life, poaching, the illicit smuggling of species and animal parts – such as ivory and rhino horn – and deforestation caused by unlawful logging. The criminal networks behind wildlife crime make massive illicit profits while their actions damage the environment, economy and society.
Releasing hundreds of Turn Back Crime balloons to the skies, the President of Namibia and the children of Oshakati jointly launched the Turn Back Crime campaign on Friday 20 February. With great applause from the crowds, four Ambassadors were appointed by Police Inspector General Sebastian Ndeitunga to support the campaign:
In a joint operation coordinated by INTERPOL and Europol, thousands of tonnes of dangerous fake and sub-standard food and drink were seized across 47 countries. This included more than 2,500 tonnes of food including strawberries, butter and eggs, and nearly 275,000 litres of counterfeit alcohol and other drinks.
4 February is World Cancer Day. While people around the globe are uniting to #KissCancerGoodbye, the Turn Back Crime campaign is highlighting the dangers of fake medicines. Cancer causes an estimated 8.2 million deaths per year. Shockingly, some of these deaths are associated with fake medicines that not only fail to treat cancer patients but can cause serious harm and even kill those who use them.
Millions of appalling images and videos of child sexual abuse are circulated online. INTERPOL is attending a major conference to help define the global response to this problem. The Global Summit to Tackle Online Child Sexual Exploitation is taking place in London on 10 and 11 December. Police, technology companies and non-governmental organizations are pooling their ideas, expertise and experience with the ultimate aim of protecting children worldwide.
2 December 2014 has been designated International Day for the Abolition of Slavery by the United Nations. Modern day slavery affects 21 million men, women and children globally. People from all regions of the world are trafficked for forced labour, sexual exploitation and forced marriage. Children are also forcibly recruited for use in armed conflict. The organized networks behind these crimes make billions of dollars through the exploitation of vulnerable people.
Did you know that fake goods can be harmful? Counterfeit items don’t go through the proper testing procedures and are often poor quality, even dangerous. This is a message that George Kordahi, a prominent Lebanese TV personality and ambassador for the Turn Back Crime campaign, is helping us to spread. Mr Kordahi joined an INTERPOL event in Dubai on 9 to 10 November to help raise awareness of the risks to consumers of buying fake products. The event (the 4th Regional Intellectual Property conference for the Middle East and North Africa) brought together 300 delegates to find new ways to tackle the organized crime networks behind the trafficking in illicit products and to remove potentially dangerous good from circulation.
Fake medicines endanger the lives of millions of people around the world. In some regions of Africa, Asia and Latin America, counterfeit medical products make up as much as 30 per cent of the market. Given that fake medicines can be harmful – even fatal – it’s clear we’re looking at a major threat to global public health.
Criminals on the run – do you know where they are? INTERPOL’s Operation InfraTerra is under way, tracking down fugitives wanted for environmental crimes, and we need your help. In total, 139 fugitives are on the list, but we’re calling on the public to help us find nine in particular. Can you help us locate these offenders and bring them to justice?
The facts and figures behind forced labour are shocking. An estimated 21 million victims worldwide are trafficked for forced labour, generating billions in profits for organized crime networks. The problem is global, and continually evolving. Victims are exploited in many different sectors, including the cotton, cocoa and fisheries industries, and illegal gold mines.
Turn Back Crime is all about bringing police, private companies and the public together to fight crime more effectively. INTERPOL’s I-Checkit initiative is a great example of this type of cooperation in action. Support from the world’s police I-Checkit has been given unanimous support from INTERPOL’s member countries at the Organization’s annual General Assembly session, held this year in Monaco. This means the world’s police have given the green light to continue the pilot project and develop its potential further.
Prominent Lebanese television personality George Kordahi is lending his support to the Turn Back Crime campaign. As the award-winning television host of the popular show ‘Who wants to be a millionaire?’ and the first Middle Eastern supporter of the global campaign, Mr Kordahi is using his voice to spread awareness of the dangers of all types of organized crime and the effects on our day-to-day lives.
The Turn Back Crime campaign scores again as Italian football club Juventus joins the team. The Italian Serie A champions are backing the campaign to encourage their millions of fans worldwide to be aware of the dangers of all types of organized crime, the effects on day-to-day lives, and how they can take action.
World-renowned tenor and conductor Placido Domingo has endorsed the Turn Back Crime campaign. Domingo, who is the Honorary Chairman of the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI), representing record labels worldwide, spoke about the importance of protecting intellectual property rights: “Protecting intellectual property rights is one of the most important missions in our society and for our culture today. I support fair and appropriate international efforts to protect and enforce those rights. They are helping safeguard the rights of artists, songwriters and record producers, and helping to protect creativity and culture,” said Mr Domingo.
We are proud to announce that internationally renowned Indian actor Shah Rukh Khan has agreed to become an Ambassador for INTERPOL’s Turn Back Crime campaign. The multi-award winning actor, the first Indian to be made Ambassador for the campaign, is lending his voice to help spread the message that all of society benefits when citizens respect the law and fight crime.
The Spanish National Police took the Turn Back Crime campaign into the field during a recent law enforcement operation. Wearing campaign caps and t-shirts, police drew public attention to the issue of the trafficking of stolen motor vehicles. Naturally, the theft of a vehicle has a big impact on the owner, but the damage can go much further than that. Stolen vehicles are also trafficked to finance other crimes or used to carry out criminal acts, for example, being used as bomb carriers.
Today (30 July) is the first World Day against Trafficking in Persons. The #TurnBackCrime campaign is supporting international efforts to raise awareness of the millions of children, women and men forced into modern-day slavery each year. People in all regions of the world are affected, with victims trafficked for forced labour, sexual exploitation, and even for organ transplants. The organized networks behind these crimes make billions of dollars through the exploitation of vulnerable people.
“The only way you’re ever going to really reduce crime is if you get the help of the public.” These are the words of Rudy Giuliani, former Mayor of New York City, who is well known for his leadership following the 9/11 terrorist attacks. During Giuliani’s time in office (1994 to 2001) crime rates in New York City dropped significantly.
James B. Comey, Director of the FBI, is the latest in a line of high-profile supporters of the Turn Back Crime campaign. Speaking at a joint FBI-INTERPOL symposium in Miami, Mr Comey drew attention to the need for a joint response to preventing terrorist threats to essential systems and networks such as energy, transport and water.
Two of the world’s best known Formula 1 racing drivers – Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen – are adding their voices to the Turn Back Crime campaign. Their video message, filmed with Scuderia Ferrari Team Principal, Marco Mattiacci, at Ferrari’s private Fiorano test track in Maranello, Italy, keeps the Turn Back Crime campaign at full throttle.
In her exclusive blog for the Huffington Post, Turn Back Crime campaign Executive Director Roraima A. Andriani talks about why the global awareness campaign was developed. “…Turn Back Crime is about breaking down barriers between the police and the public; creating a dialogue to build a relationship of trust; an inclusive approach to help people feel safe, to help reduce fear but not just of terrorism; fear of any form of crime…’ Read the whole article
The Ducati Team will be revving up the Turn Back Crime campaign at the GP of Catalunya taking place today, Sunday 15 June, at the Montmeló circuit near Barcelona. Ducati will be showing their support on the racetrack and calling on the hundreds of thousands of spectators around the world to join the team to turn back crime.
Audiences across the globe learnt more about how they can help Turn Back Crime after the Head of INTERPOL discussed the campaign and crime issues on CNN International. Secretary General Ronald K. Noble told CNN's Richard Quest that turning back crime requires the general public and all sectors of society, businesses and governments to play a role in reducing the impact of crime.
INTERPOL is today supporting the World Day Against Child Labour by joining the International Labour Organization's call to "Combat Child Labour." Earlier this year, Turn Back Crime backed Operation Nawa, the latest in a series of INTERPOL transnational child trafficking operations focusing on the serious abuse of children subjected to slave-like conditions. The operation led to the rescue of 76 children believed to have been trafficked across West Africa for the purposes of illegal child labour.
The fight against environmental crime received a big boost today when Nicolas Hulot, the French President's Special Envoy for environmental issues - and internationally recognized environmental advocate - visited the INTERPOL headquarters. A key objective of Mr Hulot’s activities is to increase awareness of the dangers posed by environmental crimes among all sectors of society, which is also one of the main goals of the Turn Back Crime campaign.
International football star Lionel Messi has joined INTERPOL's #TurnBackCrime campaign. The Argentine team captain, FC Barcelona striker and the first footballer ever to win four FIFA/Ballons d'Or, has added his voice to INTERPOL's global campaign to highlight the dangers of organized and other forms of crime and their impact on everyday life. Together with Argentina's Minister of Security Sergio Berni, Lionel Messi is backing the INTERPOL campaign encouraging the general public, businesses and governments to play a role in reducing the impact of crime.
5 June was a big day for the #TurnBackCrime campaign! As well as the launch of this website we saw police, the public and the private sector getting involved in campaign activities across the world. Events, press conferences and TV interviews took place in locations as diverse as Bogota, Dar-es-Salaam, Jakarta, Slovenia’s Port of Koper and Paris.
We are excited to announce the support of international movie star, Jackie Chan, who has agreed to become an Ambassador for the Turn Back Crime campaign. His martial arts moves have defeated criminals on screen, now the dynamic director, actor and stuntman is taking on a new crime-fighting role. Members of the team travelled from France to China to meet him on the set of his current film at the Hengdian World Studios. The “supercop” took a break from filming to talk to us.
The Model United Nations attracts students from diverse countries and backgrounds, but they have a number of common traits. They are aware of world events, engaged with political and social issues, and they are passionate about shaping a better future. In other words, they are the ideal spokespeople for the Turn Back Crime campaign! We went to meet some of them at the Model United Nations conference, held in Lyon, France, in May.
Match-fixing and corruption have no place in football, or any other sport. It’s the ‘beautiful game’, let’s keep it that way. Who could be better than Simone Farina to help us get the message out there? Farina is Community Coach for the Aston Villa football club in the UK, Athlete Role Model for the Youth Olympic Games, and FIFA Ambassador for Fair Play. Those are pretty good credentials but, most importantly, Farina has first-hand experience of being approached by criminals who wanted him to help fix a match. Despite the offer of EUR 200,000, the former Gubbio player refused and reported the incident, which got 17 people arrested.