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01 December 2015

International operation against illicit online trade supported by INTERPOL

LYON, France – Almost a thousand websites selling counterfeit goods have been seized following an international operation undertaken by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and Europol, and supported by INTERPOL.

Operation In Our Sites (IOS) VI targeted the sale of counterfeit goods and online piracy on e-commerce platforms and social networks.

INTERPOL participated in IOS for the first time through eight of its Asian and Latin American member countries (Argentina, Chile, Hong Kong, Japan, Panama, Peru, South Korea and Thailand), underlining the value of its global network.

“Consumers from all over the world are using the Internet to purchase everyday items, and criminals are taking advantage of this trend,” said INTERPOL’s Director of Organized and Emerging Crime, Roraima Andriani.

“International collaboration between participating countries and agencies underpinned the success of IOS VI and the closure of Internet sites selling potentially dangerous and illicit products,” added Mrs Andriani.
 
The operation was preceded by planning meetings for participating countries to organize and coordinate operational activities, underlining the synergies achieved through joint initiatives.

Law enforcement agencies from Belgium, Bulgaria, Colombia, Croatia, Denmark, France, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Luxembourg, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Spain and the United Kingdom took part in the operation.

INTERPOL’s Trafficking in Illicit Goods and Counterfeiting programme works to identify, disrupt and dismantle transnational organized networks behind illicit trade which includes such practices as counterfeiting (trademark infringements), piracy (copyright infringements), smuggling of legitimate products and tax evasion.