This investigative piece was produced by InfoAmazonia, RAI-Bolivia e Mongabay Latam
At first glance, Li Ming and his wife Yin Lan look like two ordinary Chinese citizens. Sat on a bench, they greet the relatives who have come to visit them with warm, kind smiles. It’s lunchtime. One of the visitors approaches the couple with two bags of rice and chicken. Yin stands up and politely asks the policewoman who is sitting next to me to loosen the shackles that are cutting off the blood circulation to her hands. Almost three hours have passed. The judge presiding over the case of illegal wildlife trafficking for which Ming and Lan stand accused does not show up. The hearing is suspended for the sixth time.