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11 vessels involved in identity laundering to cover up illegal activities

Smugglers and other players engaged in illegal trade are exploiting the IMO's global automatic identification system (AIS) by assuming legal vessels' identities to cover up illegal activities, warns C4ADS.

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Smugglers have always viewed sea transport as a discreet way of moving large volumes of illegal goods, but a new measure involves smugglers stealing other vessels' international identities to conceal their illegal activities.

This is evident from a new report published by the Center for Advanced Defense Studies (C4ADS), which provides data-driven analyses of international conflicts. The new report concerns the growing problem of identity laundering connected to illegal trade in international shipping.

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