Twenty three years ago I met two young men at the turtle beach. My colleagues and I had been investigating and secretly filming the illegal tortoiseshell trade in Sri Lanka for a British prime-time TV series "Animal Detectives". I was co-producing the seven films as well as running the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA), the organisation the films were about. It was fair to say I was exhausted. Tortoiseshell is made from the shells of hawksbill turtles, highly endangered marine turtles which live on coral reefs. We had discovered that, although some of the turtles were killed in Sri Lanka, most of the tortoiseshell was being smuggled in from the Maldives. Hawksbill turtle dealers tryin

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