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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
The Justice Ministry of Brazil reported that it has found around 500 people who have been victims of human trafficking between 2005 and 2012.
At the end of 2011, there were 223 coffee shops in the city of Amsterdam selling marijuana. About 1 million foreign tourists visit the shops annually. A new law passed at the end of 2011 made it illegal for tourists to purchase marijuana at the coffee shops beginning in 2012.