Economic Impact of Drugs and Prostitution in the Netherlands

Government officials in the Netherlands reported that the legalized trade of drugs and prostitution in Amsterdam and across the country contributes $3.4 Billion (€2.5 Billion) to the national economy. The two industries contribute to 0.4 percent of the Netherlands GDP. Statistics Netherlands stated that most of the consumption of the services is domestic and takes… Continue reading Economic Impact of Drugs and Prostitution in the Netherlands

Top Selling Drug Dealer on Silk Road

The self proclaimed top drug dealer on the online black market website Silk Road plead guilty in US federal court in May 2014. Connelis Ja Slomp, aka “SuperTrips”, is a 23 year old man from the Netherlands made over $3 Million in revenue from selling drugs on Silk Road. According to court documents, the man… Continue reading Top Selling Drug Dealer on Silk Road

Human Smuggling and Human Trafficking Cases in the Netherlands

In 2013, criminal justice programs in the Netherlands investigated 175 cases of human smuggling across the country. The number of smuggling cases were an increase of 25 percent from the human smuggling cases investigated in 2012. An estimated 1,500 people are residing in the Netherlands without proper documents or visas. Most of these individuals originated… Continue reading Human Smuggling and Human Trafficking Cases in the Netherlands

Pirated Books in the Netherlands

According to research by Dutch firm GfK, only 10 percent of all ebooks on devices were actually paid for, with most of the digital books being pirated. On average, an e-reader in the Netherlands holds on average 117 ebooks. Out of that total, 11 were bought at legitimate websites. The remaining books were pirated at… Continue reading Pirated Books in the Netherlands

Amsterdam Red Light District Prices

In an interview with the Guardian Newspaper, a prostitution customer in the red light district of Amsterdam stated that he pays $68 (€50) to have sex in a single session with prostitutes who advertise their services through windows. In addition, a reader of Havocscope submitted information in 2013 that stated it costs $67 to $101… Continue reading Amsterdam Red Light District Prices

Counterfeit Euros in the Netherlands

In the first six months of 2013, bank officials in the Netherlands seized 19,400 counterfeit euro banknotes from circulation. The number of fake currency seized in the country was 49 percent higher than the number of fakes discovered during the same time period in 2012. Across the European Union, a total of 317,000 counterfeit euros… Continue reading Counterfeit Euros in the Netherlands

Prostitutes in Amsterdam as of 2013

Official city records in Amsterdam show that there are between 6,000 to 8,000 prostitutes working in the city. Anti-human trafficking organizations estimate that up to 10 percent of the women are victims of human trafficking and exploitation. (See prices of prostitutes worldwide.) Source:  Cecelia Rodriguez, “Reforming Prostitution in Amsterdam Includes a Business Plan and Business… Continue reading Prostitutes in Amsterdam as of 2013

Poverty and Prostitutes in Amsterdam

An anti-trafficking organization reported that three out of four prostitutes working in the red light district of Amsterdam were from economically distressed communities. Not-for-Sale stated at a conference on women’s rights that 75 percent of the women came from poor communities in Bulgaria, Hungary and Romania.