Criminal justice programs in Iran spends up to $1 Billion a year in anti-narcotics operations such as border patrol and combating drug traffickers. During the Nowruz New Year Holidays in March 2013, over 1,200 men and 19 women were brought in by security forces for drug trafficking activities. (See all heroin facts and statistics.) Source:… Continue reading Anti-Narcotics Spending by Iran
In the 8 months from March 2012 to November 2012, security agencies in Iran seized 1,454 kilograms of crystal meth that was being trafficking within the country. The amount seized in 2012 was significantly higher than the 2.3 kilograms seized by criminal justice departments between March 2005 to March 2006. (More crystal methamphetamine facts and… Continue reading Crystal Meth Seizures in Iran in 2012
An estimated 35,000 to 50,000 children in Tehran, Iran are forced to work as beggars on the street or in sweat shops. (More child trafficking statistics.) Source: Cesar Chelala, “Afghanistan’s legacy of child opium addiction,” Japan Times, Opinion, March 1, 2013.
The had of the anti-narcotics police in Iran told the news media that over a ton of illegal drugs is seized each day from drug smugglers. 1,286 kilograms of drugs (2,835 pounds) are reportedly seized by police each day. Around 30 smugglers and drug addicts are identified by police every hour in Iran. Source: Associated… Continue reading Illegal Drug Seizures in Iran
According to statistics released by the Iranian Government, nearly 4,000 police officers from Iran have been killed over the past 33 years due to drug trafficking from neighboring Afghanistan. Iran shares a 900 kilometer border with Afghanistan. Drug traffickers cross the border and transport opium in order to reach the illegal drugs markets of Europe.… Continue reading Police Officer Deaths in Iran from Drug Trade
Migrants from Afghanistan who want to be smuggled into neighboring Iran pay human smugglers $700 to guide them across the border.
An international human smuggling ring was broken up by Europol in November 2012 that was smuggling people from Iran in to various countries of the European Union.
Between 2010 and November 2012, lawyers with the United States Department of Justice filed 8 cases against individuals and companies who were illegally trading with Iran. Prosecutors also report that more cases are being investigated but have remained sealed from the public due to its ongoing investigation.
According to media reports, the age that girls enter prostitution in Iran is reported to be 14. Many young women who enter the prostitution trade are victims of domestic violence, unemployment, poverty and per-arranged marriages.
Prostitution over the Internet is becoming popular in Iran, with 55 percent of the “cyber prostitutes” being between the ages of 16 to 25.
There are also reports that 10 to 12 percent are married women in their twenties.
The United Nations reported that police and law enforcement agencies in Iran destroyed 166 methamphetamine labs within the country in 2010. In 2008, police dismantled 2 meth labs in the country. Worldwide, nearly 10,200 laboratories producing methamphetamines were destroyed by law enforcement in 2009.