The Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) that is fighting in Syria is estimated to be collecting over $1 Million a month from extortion rackets in Northern Iraq. According to intelligence from security agencies, the group has expanded on collecting payments from businesses and shop owners since late 2012 and into 2013. The… Continue reading ISIS Extort Money in Northern Iraq
People smugglers operating in Australia were charging asylum seekers up to $10,000 to be smuggled into Australia, according to reports from criminal justice programs. In 2012, police identified 278 boats that was carrying asylum seekers and operated by people smugglers. In the first six months of 2013, nearly 196 boats were identified by police. Data… Continue reading People Smuggler’s Fee for Transport to Australia
In 2013, a member of the Iraqi Parliament stated that up to 20 percent the country’ investment budget was subject to money laundering. According to calculations conducted by Al Monitor, the amount of money laundering that takes place in Iraq is $9 Billion per year. (More money laundering examples.) Source: Omar al-Shaher, “Iraqi Official Estimates… Continue reading Money Laundering in Iraq
Corruption within the criminal justice system of Iraq is reported to be rampant in the 10 year anniversary of the US invasion. According to a media report, a prisoner in the Iraqi prison system stated that he had to pay $100 to prison guards in order to take a single shower. Other reports state that… Continue reading Bribes Paid by Prisoners in Iraq
A report by the United States Special Inspector General states that $1 Billion per week is leaving Iraq. The report states that up to 80 percent of the money leaving is believed to consist of various money laundering activities.
In the seven years after the 2003 war in Iraq, the Organization for Women’s Freedom in Iraq estimates that around 4,000 women disappeared from the country due to human trafficking activities. One fifth of the disappeared women between 2003 and 2010 were under the age of 18.
Virgin teenage girls in Iraq are reported to be sold to human traffickers for $5,000, double the price of non-virgins. The girls are trafficked to Northern Iraq, Syria and the United Arab Emirates.
The price to have sex with a teenage prostitute in Kurdish controlled areas of Iraq was $150 in 2011. The reported price for sex with a prostitutes tends to become cheaper as the age of the prostitute increases. Lap dances for several hours costs around $200, with additional costs for sex.
In 2011, the Iraqi Parliament began investigations in reports that 20,000 government officials used fake diplomas and degrees to obtain their jobs. Fake degrees and diplomas are traded on the black market in Iraq for prices between $1,5000 to $7,000.
Between April and June of 2011, six to seven Iraqis were kidnapped each month. The average ransom paid to the kidnappers was $50,000. In Kirkuk Province, there were over 60 reported cases of kidnapping for ransom in 2010. In 2011, 30 cases have been reported in the first 5 months of the year.