Number of Cambodian Loggers Killed by Thai Security Forces

According to media reports, security agents in Thailand killed at least 69 loggers from Cambodia in 2013 who were attempting to illegally cut down timber in Thailand. The rate of violence between loggers and security and environmental protection officials in Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos and Myanmar have increased in recent years due to the demand… Continue reading Number of Cambodian Loggers Killed by Thai Security Forces

Pakistan Losses to Tuna Fish Smuggling

The seafood and fishing industry in Pakistan loses at least $50 Million a year to tuna fish smuggling, according to the WWF-Pakistan. Nearly 200 tons of tuna is illegally smuggled into Iran each day through the Gwadar port of Balochistan. Yellow fin tun is sold in Pakistan for up to $2 per kilogram. (See more… Continue reading Pakistan Losses to Tuna Fish Smuggling

Cocaine Seizures in Costa Rica in First Quarter 2014

Security agencies in Costa Rica reported seizing about 4.8 metric tons of cocaine along the countries Pacific Coast during the first 4 months of 2014. In all of 2013, security forces seized 18 metric tons of cocaine along the Pacific coast. (Additional facts about cocaine.) In addition to cocaine trafficking, the Public Security Ministry is… Continue reading Cocaine Seizures in Costa Rica in First Quarter 2014

Illegal Python Skin for Sale in Europe

According to wildlife conservation groups, up to $1 Billion worth of illegally grown python skins are being imported into Europe each year. The black market trade in python skins helping to meet the demand for python skin handbags sold by Gucci and other luxury brands. The legal market for python skins has grown from $137… Continue reading Illegal Python Skin for Sale in Europe

Price of Frog Legs for Sale in France

Police in France broke up a black market smuggling ring that was providing frog legs to Chefs across France. The three men were found with nearly 1,100 illegally grown frogs for the purpose of cutting of their legs to sell to restaurants. Criminal justice officials state that the amount of frog legs that the men… Continue reading Price of Frog Legs for Sale in France

Price of A Kilogram of Ivory for Sale in Asia

According to criminal justice programs and wildlife charities, a kilogram of ivory poached from elephants is available for sale in Asia at prices of $850 (€650). In 2011, over $31 Million worth of ivory tusks was smuggled from Eastern Africa to Asia, according to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. A large portion… Continue reading Price of A Kilogram of Ivory for Sale in Asia

Black Market Gold Trading in South Korea

The Financial Services Commission in South Korea reported that 110 tons of gold is traded in the country each year. Out of the total gold trade, about 70 tons of gold bullion is traded on the black market. The value of the black market gold in South Korea is estimated to be about $3 Billion… Continue reading Black Market Gold Trading in South Korea

Price of Pangolin Scales For Sale

A report released by China’s Public Security Bureau for Forests and the University of Oxford found that the average price for a kilogram of pangolin scales is available for sale for $600. The price of a kilo of pangolin scales for sale in 2013 was twice the amount that a kilogram of scales were sold… Continue reading Price of Pangolin Scales For Sale

Losses to Royal Dutch Shell Due to Oil Theft

Oil company Royal Dutch Shell reported that its earnings for 2013 was almost $1 Billion lower due to oil theft and other acts of sabotage that occurs in Nigeria. Shell’s Chief Financial Officer stated that nearly $1 Billion worth of oil is stolen from the oil industry each month across Nigeria. In 2011, the Nigerian… Continue reading Losses to Royal Dutch Shell Due to Oil Theft

Amount of Gold Smuggled into India

According to criminal justice officials, as of March 2014 an estimated 700 kilograms of gold is being smuggled into India every day. Between March 2013 and March 2014, the rate of gold smuggling to India has increased by nearly 300 percent, according to the Gems and Jewellery Export Promotion Council. Officials state that the smuggling… Continue reading Amount of Gold Smuggled into India