Illegal Crab Poaching in Russia and Alaska

Security and intelligence officials in Russia estimate that over $700 Million worth of crab is illegally fished and poached from its waters each year. Most of the boats that poach crab from Russian waters are registered in Cambodia or Sierra Leone with its crew being from Russia. Most of the illegally caught crab is transported… Continue reading Illegal Crab Poaching in Russia and Alaska

Price of a Human Trafficking Victim from Myanmar to Thailand’s Fishing Industry

A man from Myanmar told a reporter from the Associated Press that he was sold by a human trafficking broker to a Thailand fishing boat for $616. The man originally thought that he was going to work on the boat for 6 months, yet ended up working for over a year. During the time, the… Continue reading Price of a Human Trafficking Victim from Myanmar to Thailand’s Fishing Industry

Illegal Waste Smuggling in China in 2013

Security agencies in China confiscated 976,500 metric tons of illegal waste materials that was in the process of being smuggled, according to the Customs Department. The amount of waste material seized in 2013 was 150 percent higher than in 2012. The illegal waste was intercepted over the course of 221 cases, a threefold increase from… Continue reading Illegal Waste Smuggling in China in 2013

Number of Drug Arrests in Japan in 2013

Data released by the National Police Agency in Japan stated that 10,909 people were arrested in the country for various drug offenses in 2013. Of the total who were arrested, 2,206 people, or 20 percent, were people over the age of 50. According to security officials, the number of older suspects who are arrested for… Continue reading Number of Drug Arrests in Japan in 2013

Hostess Earnings in Ginza, Tokyo

Media reports from Japan state that a woman working at a hostess club in the high-end entertainment city of Ginza, Japan, can make over $19,500 (2 Million Japanese Yen) a month. A top hostess who is able to bring in numerous high- spending customers is able to earn up to $97,000 (10 Million Yen) a… Continue reading Hostess Earnings in Ginza, Tokyo

Impact to Japanese Manga Sales from Online Piracy

The Japan Book Publishers Association and other publishing sources reported that online piracy of popular Japanese comic books are causing sales to drop. Popular manga series such as Naruto and One Piece are quickly posted at online websites. There have also been incidents where the manga is pirated and posted online before it was released… Continue reading Impact to Japanese Manga Sales from Online Piracy

Earnings for Illegal Casino In Japan

An illegal casino operating in Japan was broken up by police in March 2014 that made an estimated $1,969,400 (200 Million Yen) in earnings over a 17 month period. According to media reports, investigators discovered a rental contract between the illegal casino and the Embassy of Ghana in Japan. The casino was to pay the… Continue reading Earnings for Illegal Casino In Japan

Number of Yakuza Members in Japan in 2013

The National Police Agency in Japan reported that the number of members in Japanese organized crime groups totaled 58,600 in 2013. The number of Yakuza members in 2013 was lower than the 63,200 reported in 2012. This is the first time on record that the number of Yakuza members across the country was below 60,000.… Continue reading Number of Yakuza Members in Japan in 2013

Drug Smuggling at Narita Airport

In 2013, criminal justice agencies at Narita International Airport in Japan seized 270 kilograms of illegal drugs. The amount of drugs seized was the highest amount recorded since the airport opened in 1978. The illegal drugs were seized in 82 cases of drug smuggling. In 12 of the cases, the drugs were being smuggled into… Continue reading Drug Smuggling at Narita Airport

Human Trafficking Victims in Japan

The Polaris Project, an non-governmental organization, estimates that there are up to 54,000 human trafficking victims that are bought and sold in Japan each year. In an article with the Bangkok Post, the report highlighted cases where women from the Philippines, Thailand and South Korea were trafficked to Japan in order to work in the… Continue reading Human Trafficking Victims in Japan