Illegal Trade in West Africa

The region of West Africa is emerging as a hot spot for black market goods, according to the United Nations.

Certain activities include:

* One quarter of all cocaine entering Europe comes through West Africa.
* 80 percent of the cigarette market in the region is made up of illegal, contraband cigarettes.
* 50 to 60 percent of all medications in the region are counterfeit drugs.

4 percent of all spam email relate to Swine flu

Interpol is stating that up to 4 percent of all spam email messages sent out is related to swine flu. Most of the offers are believed to be counterfeit drugs. The World Health Organization estimates that up to 50 percent of drugs sold by online pharmacies without a physical location are counterfeit.