Number of People Kidnapped by Terrorists in 2010

According to figures by the United States National Counter-Terrorism Center, there were 6,050 people who were kidnapped and held hostage by terrorists around the world. This figure does not include other forms of kidnapping, such as parental kidnapping. (See the latest intelligence and threats on kidnapping for ransom.) Source:  “Hostage-taking: Trading places,” The Economist, March… Continue reading Number of People Kidnapped by Terrorists in 2010

Loan Shark Interest Rate in the United Arab Emirates

Loan sharks in the United Arab Emirates charge borrowers up to 120 percent in interest rate per month. The loans are primarily lent to Asian communities in the country, and are known as “the blade” due to the stranglehold that the lender has on the borrower. Source:  “Victims of loan sharks told to ‘forget fear’… Continue reading Loan Shark Interest Rate in the United Arab Emirates

Price of a Counterfeit Pack of Cigarettes in Ireland in 2013

According to government officials in Ireland, the average price a legitimate pack of cigarettes sold in retail stores is $12 (€9.20). Criminal gangs purchase counterfeit packs for as little as $0.26 (€0.20), and then sell the packs on the black market for $5.87 (€4.50). In 2011, an estimated 770 million illegal cigarettes were smoked in… Continue reading Price of a Counterfeit Pack of Cigarettes in Ireland in 2013

Economic Impact of Corruption in Africa

The effects of corruption causes up to $148 Billion being lost in Africa each year, according to the Deputy Chief of Mission at the US Embassy in Ghana. The amount lost is around 25 percent of the region’s entire GDP. Within that amount, between $20 to $40 Billion is lost due to the payment of… Continue reading Economic Impact of Corruption in Africa

Price to Become a Train Attendant in China

The Telegraph in London reported that the amount in bribes that someone in China has to pay in order to get a job as a train attendant within the country’s rail ministry was $14,897 (£10,000). (More corruption in China and around the world.) Source:  Malcolm Moore, “China abolishes powerful Railways ministry in battle against corruption,”… Continue reading Price to Become a Train Attendant in China

Money Laundering in Mexico

The Ministry of Treasury and Finance in Mexico estimates that around $1 Trillion is laundering within the country each year. This figure is higher than the previous estimate of $50 Billion that was reported in 2011. Source:  David Santa Cruz, “A Lesson In Money Laundering, Mexican Style,” Worldcrunch, March 5, 2013. (More estimates of money… Continue reading Money Laundering in Mexico

Kidnappers in Lebanon in 2013

According to intelligence by security service officials in Lebanon, at the beginning of 2013 there were at least 37 active kidnappers who were targeting  members of wealthy families. All of the kidnappers were connected to known crime families and organizations. One member of a kidnapping group told a reporter from GlobalPost that the kidnappers target… Continue reading Kidnappers in Lebanon in 2013

Contraband Cigarettes Entering the UK in 2012

In 2012, there was increase of 10 percent in the number of illicit or counterfeit cigarettes that were smuggled into the United Kingdom, according to a survey commissioned by tobacco companies. The city of London had the highest amount of contraband cigarettes with 35 percent of the market being fakes or smuggled cigarettes. In total,… Continue reading Contraband Cigarettes Entering the UK in 2012