Human Smuggling Fee from Laos

According to the United Nations, migrants in Laos pay less than $190 for human smuggling services that brings them into Thailand. If the migrant were to use formal labor migration services, the cost would be between $490 to $590.

Thailand is considered a major destination for migrants from Laos.

Minors in Thailand’s Sex Trade

Human trafficking experts in Thailand report that the age of the youngest girls in the prostitution industry in Thailand are between the ages of 11 to 15. Many of the girls enters the prostitution trade to make money for their families.

Most Widely Used Drug in Asian Countries

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime reported in 2011 that methamphetamine was the most widely used drug in the following Asian countries: Brunei, Cambodia, Japan, Laos, the Philippines, South Korea, and Thailand.

How Bear Bile is Extracted

The bile is usually extracted twice a day from bears that are locked up in “crush” cages that are designed to be extremely small so that the bear is unable to stand or move. The bile is collected using a free-flowing drip method into a tube that is attached to the bear’s gall bladder. In order to slowly extract the bear bile, a opening in the bear’s stomach area must be kept open.

Drug seizures in Laos

From 2010 to July 2011, authorities in Laos estimated that they have seized up to $100 Million worth of illegal drugs. Seizures of methamphetamine tablets in the country rose from one million in 2008 to 24 million in 2010. The price of one methamphetamine tablet is sold on the black market in Laos for $4 to $6.