Carlos recently sat down with Victor Guerra, Senior Counsel for Illicit Trade Prevention at Philip Morris International (PMI), and discussed how technology is being harnessed to stem this uptick in illicit trade,

Technology has been at the forefront of our fight against COVID-19. For example, collaboration platforms like Zoom and Microsoft Teams were the lifeblood that kept many businesses going over the past 15 months, and pharmaceutical advancements enabled scientists to develop vaccines more quickly than ever thought possible. Now, technology is taking a central role in combatting an often-overlooked side effect of the pandemic: illicit trade.

Since the outbreak of COVID-19, researchers have seen a notable increase in illicit trade activities across multiple industries. Pharmaceuticals, PPE, personal care products, tobacco, and alcoholic drinks have been targeted by criminals looking to take advantage of disruption caused by the pandemic. Human trafficking and the illicit drugs trade have also grown during this time.