Cannabis Farmer in Afghanistan Makes More Than Opium Farmer

A cannabis resin farmer in Afghanistan is able to earn over $1,500 in extra revenue for each hectare of farmland when compared to growing opium. According to a media report in the Guardian, growing cannabis resin requires less weeding and easier to harvest than opium . In 2012, the United Nations Office on Drugs and… Continue reading Cannabis Farmer in Afghanistan Makes More Than Opium Farmer

People Smuggler’s Fee for Transport to Australia

People smugglers operating in Australia were charging asylum seekers up to $10,000 to be smuggled into Australia, according to reports from criminal justice programs. In 2012, police identified 278 boats that was carrying  asylum seekers and operated by people smugglers. In the first six months of 2013, nearly 196 boats were identified by police. Data… Continue reading People Smuggler’s Fee for Transport to Australia

Number of Human Smuggling Deaths in Australia

Between October 2001 and June 2012, the Australian Crime Commission reported that 964 people died while attempting to reach Australia for asylum purposes. 605 of the deaths occurred between October 2009 and June 2012. A majority of the people who died who were attempting to reach Australia originated from Afghanistan, Iran, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.… Continue reading Number of Human Smuggling Deaths in Australia

Drug Earnings and Profits for the Taliban

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime estimates that the Taliban earns up to $200 Million a year from the trafficking of illegal drugs from Afghanistan. Previously, the Taliban was only collecting a 10 percent tax on opium farmers and traffickers. However, in 2012 and 2013, the Taliban has increased its involvement in the… Continue reading Drug Earnings and Profits for the Taliban

Crystal Meth in Afghanistan

In 2012, pharmacists in Afghanistan who test drugs that were seized in the country found crystal meth samples in 48 incidents during the year. The number of crystal meth samples was tripled from the year before. Dealers in Afghanistan who sell crystal meth receive a lighter sentence if caught. A crystal meth dealer faces up… Continue reading Crystal Meth in Afghanistan

Prostitution Rates in Afghanistan

A 25 year old woman was interviewed by the New York Times about her experience working as a prostitute in Afghanistan. The woman stated that she learned the business from her friends and decided to work as a prostitute in order to survive. She started working as a prostitute after her husband lost his job… Continue reading Prostitution Rates in Afghanistan

Increase in Opium Production in Afghanistan in 2012

In 2012, opium grown in Afghanistan accounted for 75 percent of heroin used around the world. The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime forecasts that in 2013, Afghan opium will account for 90 percent of the world’s heroin market. Out of the 34 provinces in the country, opium cultivation increased in 12 of them… Continue reading Increase in Opium Production in Afghanistan in 2012

Drug Users in Afghanistan in 2010

Representatives with the Ministry of Counter-Narcotics in Afghanistan estimate that there were over 1.5 million adults in the country who were regularly used drugs. Back in 2005, there were an estimated 920,000 drug users in Afghanistan. 25 percent of homes that had adult drug use was found to have exposed young children. The United Nations… Continue reading Drug Users in Afghanistan in 2010

Households Growing Illicit Drugs in Afghanistan

According to the Government of Afghanistan, around 191,500 rural households in the country were dependent on growing illicit drugs as their source of income in 2011. Most of the households were growing opium. (How much is the price of heroin?) Source:  Dawood Azami, “Why Afghanistan may never eradicate opium,” BBC News, February 25, 2013.

Driver License Broker in Afghanistan

A former police office collects documents and applications for clients in order to help them obtain their drivers license at the traffic department. The man pays government officials between $10 to $20 in bribes in order to facilitate the paperwork. With the bribes, the client is able to receive his driver’s license at a much… Continue reading Driver License Broker in Afghanistan