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UN launches new campaign on $250 billion a year counterfeit business

Today, 14 January 2014, a new global campaign is being launched by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) to raise awareness about counterfeit goods and their link to transnational organized crime. The campaign – ‘Counterfeit: Don’t buy into organized crime’ – is centred around a new Public Service Announcement. The campaign urges consumers to consider who and what lie behind the production of counterfeit goods in a bid to boost understanding of the multi-faceted repercussions of this $250 billion a year illicit trade. From exploited labour being used to produce counterfeits, through to the harmful and potentially deadly dangers attached to these goods, and the links that this has in funding other organized criminal activities, counterfeiting is a crime that affects us all. Raising awareness is a vital step in tackling this illicit activity, as when the public are aware of these repercussions, they are far less likely to buy counterfeit products and thus inadvertently fund organized crime.

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