German authorities arrested 4,325 people for selling cocaine in 2008, and 605 people for trafficking cocaine into the country.
The prostitution market in Germany generates $18 Billion a year. Please note that prostitution in Germany is legal, thus this figure is not included in Germany’s Black Market Total. It is included here as a reference.
The German Center for Addiction Issues estimated that more than one in four nursing home residents over the age of 70 was addicted to prescription drugs.
64 percent of pirated content on Internet streaming sites focused on the German market are television shows. 32 percent of pirated content were movies, with 4 percent being pornography.
Germany had the highest rate of consumers who purchased black market prescription drugs on the Internet, according to Pfizer. 38 percent of Germans surveyed admitted to buying drugs without a prescription from black market sties.
Cigarette smuggling in Germany causes the federal government to lose up to $5.6 Billion (4 Billion Euros) in tax revenue. The cigarette industry and retailers lose an additional $1.6 Billion (1.2 Billion Euros) in revenue from cigarette smuggling.
Cigarette smuggling in Germany creates profits of $1.5 Billion a year for the smugglers.
Drug trafficking and smuggling organizations in Germany earned $229.5 Million (156 Million Euros) in profits in 2008.
Below are losses to selected countries in Europe from counterfeit pesticides. Country Losses Czech Republic 4.19 Million Germany 39.4 Million Greece 13.3 Million Hungary 6.6 Million Poland 22.9 Million Spain 103 Million Source: “Counterfeit Pesticides Across Europe-2008,” European Crop Protection Association, August 2008.
Human trafficking in Mongolia finds 3,000 to 5,000 victims each year. A majority of the human trafficking victims are women and children who end up working in the prostitution industry. Mongolian victims are trafficked to countries as far away as Germany, Israel, and the United Arab Emirates.