Deforestation Rate in Indonesia Highest in the World

A study published in Nature reported that the deforestation rate in Indonesia is the highest in the world. Between 2000 and 2012, Indonesia lost 6.02 million hectares of forest due to logging and other clearing activities. According to the researchers from the University of Maryland, up to 40 percent of the deforestation in Indonesia was… Continue reading Deforestation Rate in Indonesia Highest in the World

Fuel Smuggling on the East Timor Border

Fuel smugglers in Indonesia are using motorcycles to smuggled subsidized fuel into East Timor, which does not receive government subsidies for its gasoline purchases. According to a report in the Jakarta Globe, smugglers quickly drive up to gas stations located in the Belu district of Timor. The smugglers cut in front of the line and… Continue reading Fuel Smuggling on the East Timor Border

Illegal Python Skin for Sale in Europe

According to wildlife conservation groups, up to $1 Billion worth of illegally grown python skins are being imported into Europe each year. The black market trade in python skins helping to meet the demand for python skin handbags sold by Gucci and other luxury brands. The legal market for python skins has grown from $137… Continue reading Illegal Python Skin for Sale in Europe

Indonesian Prostitute Rates on Facebook

Police in Indonesia broke up a prostitution ring that was operating on the social media site Facebook. Jakarta police stated that the ring was offering prostitutes to customers through the use of a Facebook account. Undercover officers posed as a customer and arrested the women and driver who showed up at the hotel. According to… Continue reading Indonesian Prostitute Rates on Facebook

Value of Coal Theft in Indonesia from Illegal Mines

In 2013, an estimated $6 Billion worth of coal was stolen from mines in Indonesia, according to industry sources. In one mine operated by PT Bumi Resources, up to two million metric tons of coal is stolen by illegal miners and operators. At the prices of March 2014, the value of coal stolen from this… Continue reading Value of Coal Theft in Indonesia from Illegal Mines

Price to Hire a Drug Smuggler in Asia

A man from Pakistan was arrested in Indonesia while he was attempting to smuggling packs of heroin to Thailand. When arrested at the airport, the man had 767 capsules in his stomach that contained 966 grams of heroin. (How much does heroin cost?) According to criminal justice officials, the man reportedly stated that he was… Continue reading Price to Hire a Drug Smuggler in Asia

Wildlife for Sale on the Internet in Indonesia

According to ProFauna, a wildlife charity, wildlife traffickers are offering wildlife for sale on websites catering to customers in Indonesia. On the popular Indonesian forum site Kaskus, the NGO found at least 220 advertisements of wildlife for sale in the month of January 2014. Based on an analysis of the advertisements, researchers were able to… Continue reading Wildlife for Sale on the Internet in Indonesia

Human Smuggling Deaths and Revenue in 2013

According to statistics collected by the International Organization for Migration (IOM), at least 2,360 migrants died while attempting to cross borders around the world in 2013. For sea-based crossing by boats, the Caribbean, the Mediterranean island of Lampedusa, and the waters surrounding Indonesia and Thailand saw a number of deaths of migrants attempting to cross… Continue reading Human Smuggling Deaths and Revenue in 2013

Corruption at Indonesia Forest Ministry

According to a survey conducted by the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) in Indonesia, the Forest Ministry is viewed as being the most corrupt institution in the country.  The Commission found that illegal loggers buying logging permits through bribes were the most common form of corruption in the ministry. Government data shows that 16 percent of… Continue reading Corruption at Indonesia Forest Ministry

Methanol in Illicit Alcohol

In a span of two months, 52 people died in Indonesia after consuming alcohol tainted with methanol. Security investigations have found that bar owners have been mixing and producing their own alcohol on the black market in order to increase their profits. Investigators with criminal justice programs have found that some producing have been using… Continue reading Methanol in Illicit Alcohol