Bolivian officials get spy pens to prevent corruption

June 15th, 2012 - 8:13 pm ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt  

La Paz, June 15 (THAINDIAN NEWS) All the employees of the Bolivia’s Customs Department will be issued with special “spy” pens. The devices will feature a hidden micro-camera and a voice recorder, will remain active during the whole duration of the employee’s working times, according to Bolivia’s customs director Marlene Ardaya, who announced the initiative.

She will also be issued with her own spy pen, which all custom officers will be forced to carry. The measure is part of the South American country’s government anti-corruption campaign.

Bolivian authorities have stated that officials will be selected randomly to have the recordings in their devices monitored. The department, integrated by more than 1,000 custom officers, is allegedly one of the most corrupt units of the Bolivian government.

The pens will monitor all import and export activities, including the sale of valuable mineral resources. The government’s campaign to crackdown on corruption will attempt to reduce the level of fraud in the country’s custom department and other government divisions.

The nation’s Economy Ministry has estimated that smuggling costs Bolivia up to $400,000 (£250,000) in lost tax revenue.

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