Earnings of Coca Farmer in Peru

A farmer working in the cocaine trade in Peru can make up to $9,860 a year selling bags of coca leaves. If that same farmer was growing coffee instead, the farmer would make $1,554 a year.

(Additional under the table jobs and illegal profits from crime.)

Source:  Fredric Faux, “Dispatch From The Heart Of Peru’s Cocaine War,” Worldcrunch, December 21, 2012.