Earnings for an Opium Grower in Egypt

A Bedouin who lives in the Sinai Peninsula of Egypt has resorted to growing opium for drug traffickers in order to make a living. The man told the media that he previously provided camel tours to tourists. Before the uprising and revolution in Egypt in 2011, the man would see about 60 tourists each day.… Continue reading Earnings for an Opium Grower in Egypt

Number of Organs Bought by Saudis on the Black Market

According to the director of the Saudi Center for Organ Transplants, over 400 people from Saudi Arabia are believed to have bought organs from organ trafficking markets between 2012 and 2013. There were 190 incidents of organs bought by Saudis in 2012, and 220 cases of organs being bough from black markets in China, Egypt… Continue reading Number of Organs Bought by Saudis on the Black Market

Human Smuggling in Pakistan

According to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, organized crime groups that facilitate human smuggling are able to generate up to $109 Million a year from transporting illegal migrants around the world. Most of the people that are smuggled are from Afghanistan and Pakistan, and are attempting to enter Australia by traveling by… Continue reading Human Smuggling in Pakistan

Summer Marriage Price for Underage Egyptian Girls

The United States Department of State found that hundreds of underage girls in Egypt enter temporary marriages with wealthy tourists in return for monetary payments to their families. These marriages, called “Summer Marriages,” are not legally binding. The wealthy men, usually from Saudi Arabia, pay the families between $500 to $5,000 as a type of… Continue reading Summer Marriage Price for Underage Egyptian Girls

Cairo International Airport’s Role in the Illegal Wildlife Trade

In previous years, the buyers of ivory in Egypt were from Spain, Italy and the United States. In 2013, the dynamics of the market shifted to Asia, where buyers from China now account for over 50 percent of the illegal ivory sales in Egypt. According to criminal justice officials, Cairo is a major wildlife trafficking… Continue reading Cairo International Airport’s Role in the Illegal Wildlife Trade

Lost Revenue from Cigarette Smuggling in Egypt

According to a report by British American Tobacco Egypt, up to $663 Million is lost each year due to cigarette smuggling activities in the country. At least 20 percent of the 84 billion cigarettes smoked in Egypt each year was obtained on the black market. The annual losses represent up to 3 percent of the country’s budget deficit.

Lost Tax Revenue in Egypt in First Half of 2011

Cigarette smuggling in Egypt causes tax losses of $26.84 Million (160 Million Egyptian Pounds) in the first half of 2011. Out of the entire cigarette market in Egypt, 2.1 percent of cigarettes were smuggled in the first six months of the year, compared to 0.1 percent in 2010. The increase was attributed to an increase in the cigarette tax.