Australia: Australian police arrest two on suspicion of ‘daigou’ money laundering

Australian police have arrested two men on suspicion of moving tens of millions of dollars of illicit drug money through a Sydney-based “daigou”, a surrogate shopping business popular with Chinese.

Investigators are looking into whether the daigou operators were aware that they might have been helping money-laundering organizations move “dirty money” offshore, the Australian Federal Police said in a statement on Wednesday.

There are tens of thousands of daigou in Australia that use social media and mobile payment apps to buy goods on behalf of customers in China.

While daigou first made waves in the West shipping luxuries from Europe like Gucci handbags, the Australia operators mostly deal in “white gold” – baby milk formula – and other consumer staples.

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