In a survey carried out by international wildlife organization TRAFFIC, a total of 2,493 pieces of ivory was for sale in the capital of Laos in August 2011. The number of illegal ivory for sale was higher than the roughly 100 ivory items that were available for sale in 2002.
The prices for the items were listed in English and Chinese, which lead investigators to conclude that tourists were the main buyers of the ivory jewelry.
Between 2009 and 2011, authorities seized over 4 tones of black market ivory that was destined for Laos.
Source: AFP, “Laos playing growing role in illegal ivory trade,” Asia One, July 10, 2012.