Human Trafficking Cases in Bolivia in 2013

Criminal justice agencies in Bolivia recorded 35 human trafficking cases back in 2005. In 2012, the number of trafficking cases reported was 456. In 2013, law enforcement reported 363 human trafficking cases across Bolivia, an increase of over 10 times from 2005. Despite the number of cases handled by the criminal justice system, reports claim… Continue reading Human Trafficking Cases in Bolivia in 2013

Coca Used for Cocaine in Bolivia

A study released by the Government of Bolivia found that 58 percent of the coca that is cultivated in the country is used for traditional purposes. The remaining 32 percent of coca is devoted to cocaine production. In total, 25,300 hectares of coca was cultivated across Bolivia in 2012. Bolivia is ranked third behind Peru… Continue reading Coca Used for Cocaine in Bolivia

Prison Gang Racketeering Profits in Brazil

The PCC (First Command of the Capital), a criminal organization in Brazil, makes $60 Million a year through drug trafficking and other racketeering activities. Based on data collected from various criminal justice programs, a report found that the crime syndicate has over 11,000 members with 6,000 in prison. The leaders of the group operate out… Continue reading Prison Gang Racketeering Profits in Brazil

Human Trafficking in Bolivia

In the first seven months of 2013, security agencies in Bolivia reported 243 cases of human trafficking. Most of the trafficking victims were women and children. Officials stated that most of the victims were being trafficked to Brazil. (Price of human trafficking victims when sold on the black market.) Source:¬† “Over 240 Human Trafficking Cases… Continue reading Human Trafficking in Bolivia

Cocaine Production in the Andes in 2012

The White House Office of National Drug Control Policy stated that the amount of cocaine produced in the Andes region in 2012 was down 10 percent from the previous year. Bolivia produced 155 metric tons of pure cocaine in 2012, down 18 percent from 2011. Colombia produced 175 metric tons, down 7.9 percent from the… Continue reading Cocaine Production in the Andes in 2012

Illegal Immigrants in Brazil

An estimated 300,000 illegal immigrants from Bolivia and Paraguay and 45,000 from Peru live in the Sao Paulo area of Brazil. Security officials in Brazil report that many of the illegal immigrants in the country use the services of human smugglers to enter the country and then fall victim to labor traffickers. Police highlighted a… Continue reading Illegal Immigrants in Brazil

Price to Hire a Hitman in Bolivia

In 2013, security officials in Bolivia reported on an increase in homicides and targeted assassinations in the country. Officials attribute the rise in contract killings due to increase drug trafficking by organized crime syndicates. Bolivia is the world’s third largest producer of coca. The New York Times reported that one man and his two sons… Continue reading Price to Hire a Hitman in Bolivia

Number of Species Smuggled Out of Bolivia

During a span of five years, over 60,000 animals from 119 different species were estimated to have been smuggled out of Bolivia. Wildlife protection officials in the country estimate that wildlife trafficking is a multi-million dollar industry in the country. Source: ¬†Miriam Wells, “Bolivia Seizes Thousands Of Contraband Caimans,” Insight Crime, April 22, 2013.

Cocaine in Sao Paulo

Drug traffickers at the border of Brazil pay $50 per kilogram of cocaine that is being smuggled into the country from Bolivia. The cocaine is then moved further inland and sold for $250 per kilogram. Then, traffickers finally sell the kilogram of cocaine for $6,000 in major Brazilian cities such as Sao Paulo. (See the… Continue reading Cocaine in Sao Paulo

2012 Seizures in Bolivia

Anti-Narcotics officials in Bolivia reported that 37 cocaine processing labs were discovered within the country and 36 tons of cocaine was seized by police during 2012. Most of the cocaine seized in the country was smuggled from Peru. In addition to the labs, law enforcement agencies seized 10 planes and destroyed 10 landing strips that… Continue reading 2012 Seizures in Bolivia