2010 Cigarette smuggling statistics in Ireland

$752 Million (575 Million Euros) was lost in revenue in Ireland in 2010 due to cigarette smuggling. $549 Million was lost in taxes and duty revenue for the government in 2010. Cigarettes sold on the black market in Ireland are sold for $$4.16 a pack (3.20 Euros), roughly one-third of the price for a pack of cigarettes sold at a retail store. The illicit trade caused about 700 retail jobs to be lost.

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Rise in Kidnappings in Ireland Between 2005 to 2009

Between 2005 and 2009, there was a 97 percent increase in the number of reported kidnappings in Ireland. In 2005, there were74 kidnapping cases, which rose to 146 in 2009. A large portion of the increase was due human trafficking cases. There were 7 cases reported in 2008, with an increase to 49 human trafficking cases in 2009.

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