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

Number of Cambodian Loggers Killed by Thai Security Forces

According to media reports, security agents in Thailand killed at least 69 loggers from Cambodia in 2013 who were attempting to illegally cut down timber in Thailand. The rate of violence between loggers and security and environmental protection officials in Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos and Myanmar have increased in recent years due to the demand… Continue reading Number of Cambodian Loggers Killed by Thai Security Forces

Price of Black Market Passports in Thailand

A black market passport dealer from Myanmar who was working in Bangkok explained to a reporter about the illegal passport trade in Thailand. According to the dealer, there are three types of passports that are available for sale on the black market: Stolen passports, real passports that the owner is selling in order to make… Continue reading Price of Black Market Passports in Thailand

India as a Source Country for Drugs in South Asia

According to data released by criminal justice programs, India is a main supplier of illegal narcotics to countries in South Asia. The International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) reported that drugs and ingredients from India’s pharmaceutical industry is diverted to the black market. The illicit pharmaceutical pills are either trafficked domestically or smuggled on to the… Continue reading India as a Source Country for Drugs in South Asia

Drug Trafficking in India by Foreigners

Between 2009 and 2012, security services in India arrested 820 foreign nationals for drug trafficking crimes. Nearly 80 percent of those arrested came from Afghanistan, Myanmar, Nepal and Nigeria. In the four year time period, data from criminal justice programs shows that 224 Nepalis were arrested for drug trafficking in India, followed by 191 Nigerians,… Continue reading Drug Trafficking in India by Foreigners

Opium Production in Myanmar in 2013

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime estimates that 870 metric tons of opium was produced in Myanmar in 2013. The amount produced is 26 percent higher than the 2012 production levels. Myanmar is the world’s second largest producer of opium after Afghanistan, which produced 5,500 metric tons of opium in 2013. Heroin trafficking… Continue reading Opium Production in Myanmar in 2013

Losses to Illegal Logging in Myanmar

The Myanmar Timber Merchants Association reports that its members lose up to $200 Million per year in revenue due to illegal logging activities. The timber is illegally cut down and exported to China. According to environmental security officials, the areas were illegally logging are highly active is in the Kachina and Shan states that are… Continue reading Losses to Illegal Logging in Myanmar

Methamphetamine Pills Seized In Asia in 2013

According to figures released by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, 227 million methamphetamine pills were seized across East and Southeast Asia in 2012. The number of pills seized was a 59 percent increase from the 142 million seized in 2011. (See all facts about meth.) Back in 2007, criminal justice programs seized… Continue reading Methamphetamine Pills Seized In Asia in 2013

Jade Smuggling in Myanmar

According to government statistics, over 43 million kilograms of jade was produced in Myanmar during the fiscal 2011 to 2012 year. Based on a conservative estimate by Reuters, the jade would have been worth $4.3 Billion. Less than 1 percent, or $34 Million worth of jade was officially reported to have been exported out of… Continue reading Jade Smuggling in Myanmar

Heroin Addiction in China

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime reports that China (including Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan) consume 70 percent of all the heroin that is abused in the East Asia and Pacific Region. Up to 65 tonnes of heroin is used by addicts in China each year. In order to meet the demand, 90… Continue reading Heroin Addiction in China