India as a Source Country for Drugs in South Asia

According to data released by criminal justice programs, India is a main supplier of illegal narcotics to countries in South Asia. The International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) reported that drugs and ingredients from India’s pharmaceutical industry is diverted to the black market. The illicit pharmaceutical pills are either trafficked domestically or smuggled on to the… Continue reading India as a Source Country for Drugs in South Asia

Number of Prostitutes in Bangladesh

There are an estimated 200,000 prostitutes working in Bangladesh. In 2004, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) estimated that 10,000 underage girls were working as prostitutes in Bangladesh. Other estimates about the girls working in the sex industry placed the number at 29,000. Many of the girls working in the sex industry are victims of… Continue reading Number of Prostitutes in Bangladesh

Underinvoicing of Chinese imports in Bangladesh

The underinvoicing of imports from China into Bangladesh is estimated to be as high as $3 Billion a year. Underinvoicing is the fraudulent method of paying for invoices and taxes. The Economist used an example where a importer in Bangladesh orders $10 in goods from China. Rather than paying the full amount, the importer pays… Continue reading Underinvoicing of Chinese imports in Bangladesh

Yaba Pills Seized by Police in Bangladesh

In 2008, security agencies seized 36,000 methamphetamine pills, also known as yaba pills, in Bangladesh. In 2012, the number of yaba seized increased to nearly 2 million, according to the Department of Narcotics Control. (Methamphetamine facts and abuse information.) At a drug addiction rehab center in Bangladesh, heroin abusers consisted of 80 percent of all… Continue reading Yaba Pills Seized by Police in Bangladesh

Cases of Forced Marriage Investigated in the UK

The Forced Marriage Unit in the United Kingdom’s Foreign Office investigates up to 1,500 cases a year. Nearly half of the cases of forced marriage investigated involve marriages with individuals in Pakistan. 11 percent of the cases involve Bangladesh, and 8 percent involve India. The remaining cases are spread out to over 50 different countries.… Continue reading Cases of Forced Marriage Investigated in the UK

Drug Addiction in Bangladesh

There are nearly 3 million people in Bangladesh who are estimated to be addicted to illegal drugs. 80 percent of the drug users are between the ages of 15 to 30. (See illegal drug prices and other crimes in Bangladesh here.) Source: Xinhua, “Feature: Drug abuse in Bangladesh reaches alarming proportion,” China Daily, April 22, 2013.

Human Trafficking Recruiter Earnings

Recruitment agents who work for human trafficking groups in Northern Bangladesh earn various fees for finding girls. If an agent finds a girl who is “certified as ‘fit’” and is determined to be good-looking enough to work as a prostitute in India, then the agent receives a payment of $1,456 to $1,821 (80,000 to 100,000… Continue reading Human Trafficking Recruiter Earnings

Price of a Black Market Passport from Nepal

The cost to buy a Nepali passport on the black market is reported to be $1,740 (150,000 Nepali Rupee). If a legitimate visa is included with the fake passport, then the price rises to $6,961 (600,000 Rupees). The passports are reportedly bought by Bangladeshi nationals who use it to increase their chances of obtain employment.… Continue reading Price of a Black Market Passport from Nepal

Cow Smuggling into Bangladesh from India

90 percent of the population of Bangladesh are Muslims, and up to 3 million cows are needed to meet the consumption levels of the country. In order to meet the demand, Bangladeshi slaughterhouses need to import cows from other sources. However, in neighboring India, cows are considered sacred in their Hindu practices. Many Indian states… Continue reading Cow Smuggling into Bangladesh from India

Bribes Paid in Bangladesh

A report released by Transparency International stated that $2.7 Billion (€2.1 Billion) was paid out in bribes in Bangladesh between April 2011 to April 2012.  The amount of bribes paid out is equal to 13.6 percent of Bangladesh’s national budget. According to their survey of 7,906 households, 63.7 percent of respondents reported having to pay… Continue reading Bribes Paid in Bangladesh