Gardai join global fight to curb fake goods
THE gardai have joined a global police effort to make the public more aware of the dangers of buying counterfeit goods.
The new campaign is also focused on highlighting the close links between the counterfeit trade and organised crime.
It is being promoted by Interpol and ambassadors for the campaign include former world boxing champion Frank Bruno, Italian soccer star Simone Farina and actor Jackie Chan.
The "turn back crime" initiative will also attempt to show the connections between buying counterfeit clothing and cheap electrical goods and international gangsters involved in drugs and human trafficking as well as child porn.
The fight against the illegal trade in goods here is being led by the national bureau of criminal investigation and Det Sup George Kyne last night warned that people buying cheap products online or from dodgy outlets were not only putting their safety at risk from dud items and fake medicines but were also lining gangsters' pockets.
He urged the public to click on to the turnbackcrime.com website and watch the video, "organised crime starts with money, don't let it be yours".