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Why Belgium is now the cocaine capital of Europe

With record seizures of cocaine at Belgian ports, the country has become Europe’s cocaine-trafficking capital. As the flow of drugs increases, local authorities are struggling with corruption and violence.

00:00 - Antwerp: Europe’s cocaine trafficking capital
01:48 - How much cocaine gets seized?
03:18 - Why do traffickers choose the port of Antwerp?
05:54 - The entrepreneurial Balkan mafias
07:35 - How do cocaine mafias make a profit?
08:16 - Customs corruption
11:54 - How can Belgium halt its cocaine trade?
13:43 - Can legalising drugs help?

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