How the pandemic has fuelled money laundering

Over the past 12 months Covid-19 has curtailed countless business activities, but not money laundering. The UN estimates some $1.6tn is laundered every year, and authorities say lockdown measures have presented criminals with even greater opportunities to commit offences. But why is this, and what are countries doing to fight back?

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