Customs officials in Bulgaria reported that cigarette smuggling activities in the country dropped by 20 percent in 2011. At the end of the year, black market cigarettes consisted of 20 percent of all cigarettes and tobacco sold within Bulgaria.
The Interior Minister of Bulgaria reported that there were 313 human trafficking victims were identified within the country in the first six months of 2011. The government convicted 64 people for human trafficking during the time period.
Between 2000 and 2009, over 50 kilograms of caviar was estimated to have been smuggled out of Bulgaria and Romania, according to the World Wildlife Fund.
The Bulgarian National Revenue Agency stated that the country losses up to $500 Million (750 Million Bulgarian Lev) a year to value added tax (VAT) fraud. Between 2005 and 2009, an estimated $2.2 Billion (3 Billion Bulgarian Lev) in tax revenue was lost within Bulgaria.
Over 51 percent of taxable economic activity in Italy is undeclared, according to the Association of Italian Taxpayers. Italy was ranked first in tax evasion in the European Union, followed by Romania with 42 percent evading taxes and Bulgaria with 38 percent.
The Center for the Study of Democracy in Bulgaria estimates that the vale of the illegal drug trade in the country to be worth $124 Million a year.
The head of Customs in Bulgaria reported that 90 percent of the cigarettes smuggled into the country comes from other European Union countries, with 70 percent coming from Greece.
6 percent of males aged 15 to 64 in Bulgaria are believed to utilize the country’s prostitution industry. The average price paid to the prostitution industry in Bulgaria was $25 (40 Bulgarian Leva) for a sex act. The fee was down from the $37 (60 Bulgarian Leva) paid prior to the world economic crisis.
Software piracy in Bulgaria leads up to 60 percent of all software to be pirated.
Latest figures released find that in 2009, there were 30,000 registered drug addicts in Bulgaria.