Human Smuggling Fees to Mecca

Human smugglers in Mecca charge between $53 and $260 (200 to 1,000 Saudi Rials) to pilgrims making the annual trip to Mecca, known as the hajj.

People who attempt to enter Mecca are required to have special permits that allow them entrance. Smugglers state that the fees they charge are justified due to the time it takes to reach Mecca and the difficulty in traveling.

(See all human smuggling prices worldwide.)

Source:  “Human smuggling to Mecca thrives during hajj,” Al Arabiya, October 25, 2012.