A US senator and an influential doctor have used the recent massacre of American women and children in broad daylight by members of a Mexican drug cartel to highlight the consequences of insufficient controls over trade-based money laundering (TBML).

Senator Bill Cassidy and Dr Vanila Singh expressed their view on the widely quoted political web site, The Hill, that conventional strategies for eliminating these criminal organisations have failed, but if enforcement agencies followed the criminals’ money they may well achieve better results.

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