Fake Passports from Egypt, Germany and Morocco

Security agents in Germany broke up a human smuggling ring that were bringing in people to Germany with the use of dead people’s passports. According to the Associated Press, the ring were charging people from Syria and other countries up to $6,830 (€5,000) for passports of dead people. These passports would be used to gain… Continue reading Fake Passports from Egypt, Germany and Morocco

Human Smuggling and Human Trafficking Cases in the Netherlands

In 2013, criminal justice programs in the Netherlands investigated 175 cases of human smuggling across the country. The number of smuggling cases were an increase of 25 percent from the human smuggling cases investigated in 2012. An estimated 1,500 people are residing in the Netherlands without proper documents or visas. Most of these individuals originated… Continue reading Human Smuggling and Human Trafficking Cases in the Netherlands

Counterfeit Drugs Seizures in Germany

In the first half of 2013, security officers in Germany seized 1.4 million counterfeit drugs. The number of fake medicines seized was 15 percent higher than the amount seized in the first half of 2012. According to security experts, the profit margin for a counterfeit drug such as fake Viagra can be as high as… Continue reading Counterfeit Drugs Seizures in Germany

Foreign Women as Prostitutes in Austria and Germany

According to a 2010 study, 78 percent of the sex workers in Austria are not Austrian women and are from foreign countries. In Germany, 63 percent of the sex workers were foreign women, with two thirds of the sex workers originating from Central and Eastern Europe. Previously, the number of foreign sex workers in Germany… Continue reading Foreign Women as Prostitutes in Austria and Germany

Amount of Artwork Stolen by Nazis and Still Missing in 2013

According to art experts in Europe, as of 2013 there are still roughly 100,000 artworks that were stolen by the Nazis that are still missing. The value of the artwork based on modern-day valuations is $10 Billion. (More art crimes and theft.) Source:  Patricia Cohen and Tom Mashberg, “Family, ‘Not Willing to Forget,’ Pursues Art… Continue reading Amount of Artwork Stolen by Nazis and Still Missing in 2013

Crystal Meth Users in Germany

The Office of the German Drug Czar reported that there were 2,556 identified crystal meth users in the country in 2012. The number of users was higher higher than the 1,693 crystal meth abusers identified in 2011. (See more facts about meth addiction.) Criminal justice agencies in Germany seized over 75 kilograms of crystal meth… Continue reading Crystal Meth Users in Germany

Number of Illegal Cigarettes Sold in the EU

A survey conducted by KPMG found that an estimated 65.5 billion illegal cigarettes are sold in the European Union each year. EU member states lose an estimated $16.3 Billion (€12.5 Billion) in total tax revenue due to the illicit trade. In Germany, one in five cigarettes smoked does not get taxed. Source:  “German tobacco sales… Continue reading Number of Illegal Cigarettes Sold in the EU

Top Countries in the EU Where Fake Toys Were Seized in 2011

In 2011, criminal justice agencies in the European Union seized 2.1 million counterfeit toys.  According to a breakdown by Toy News, five countries in the EU accounted for 57 percent of those seizures. Top five EU member states where fake toys were seized in 2011: 1. Romania:  319,174 counterfeit toys seized. 2. Germany:  308,506 counterfeit… Continue reading Top Countries in the EU Where Fake Toys Were Seized in 2011