Ransom Payments to Al Qaeda in 2013

An investigation by the New York Times found that Al Queada and its affiliates have taken at least $125 million in revenue from kidnapping for ransom since 2008. Roughly half, or $66 Million, was paid out in 2013. The United States Treasury put the total at $165 million for the same period. Since 2008, the… Continue reading Ransom Payments to Al Qaeda in 2013

Foreign Women as Prostitutes in Austria and Germany

According to a 2010 study, 78 percent of the sex workers in Austria are not Austrian women and are from foreign countries. In Germany, 63 percent of the sex workers were foreign women, with two thirds of the sex workers originating from Central and Eastern Europe. Previously, the number of foreign sex workers in Germany… Continue reading Foreign Women as Prostitutes in Austria and Germany

Corruption in Austria

A study by the opposition Green Party in Austria stated that corruption created a $22 Billion (€17 Billion) economic impact on the country’s economy. The effect of corruption was about 5 percent of Austria’s total economic output. According to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, Austria has not convicted a single citizen for foreign… Continue reading Corruption in Austria

Human smuggling arrests in Austria in 2011

Authorities in Austria arrested 9,812 people who were attempting to illegally enter the country in 2011, an increase of 44 percent from 2010.The majority of the people attempting to illegally enter the country were from Afghanistan, Russia and Pakistan. Police also arrested 288 human smugglers in 2011. The human smugglers were originally from Greece, Turkey and Austria.