Illegal Trade in West Africa

The region of West Africa is emerging as a hot spot for black market goods, according to the United Nations.

Certain activities include:

  • One quarter of all cocaine entering Europe comes through West Africa.
  • 80 percent of the cigarette market in the region is made up of illegal, contraband cigarettes.
  • 50 to 60 percent of all medications in the region are counterfeit drugs.


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  1. Source: AFP, “Organized crime plundering West Africa: UN,” Google News, July 7, 2009.

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