Pirated Books Seized in Chile

Between 2011 and 2013, authorities in Chile seized 362,752 pirated books from stores across the country. The pirated books were valued at $1.5 Million. In 2013, a total of 6,559 pirated books valued at $106,000 were seized in Chile. The rate of seizures has increased in 2014, with 13,181 pirated books being seized in the… Continue reading Pirated Books Seized in Chile

Price to Buy Real Passports on the Black Market

In a report by NBC News, an illegal passport broker offered the reporter a genuine passport from Spain that could be obtained by a corrupt official working inside the Spanish embassy. The broker, working in Lima, Peru, offered the genuine Spanish passport for $1,750. The broker also offered a legitimate looking Peruvian passport for sale… Continue reading Price to Buy Real Passports on the Black Market

Price of Orchids for Sale on the Black Market

An article by the Daily Express in the UK reported on the black market trade in valuable and rare orchids, and the prices that buyers purchase these flowers. A rare Lady’s Slipper orchid, which is so rare that it is given police protection, was found on a golf course in the North of England. The… Continue reading Price of Orchids for Sale on the Black Market

Top Money Laundering Countries in Latin America

A study conducted by the Mexican House of Representatives reported on the top countries in Latin American where money laundering cases occurs. The countries and the amount of money laundered is as follows: Brazil: $2.9 Trillion (5 percent of GDP). Mexico: $1.1 Trillion (3.6 percent of GDP). Chile: $268.27 Billion (4 percent of GDP). Peru:… Continue reading Top Money Laundering Countries in Latin America

Rainforests Destroyed in Peru due to Illegal Mining

Over 50,000 hectares of rainforests in Peru was estimated to have been destroyed in 2013 due to illegal mining activities. In 2012, 18,000 hectares of rainforest was destroyed due to illegal mining. Illegal mining has become a profitable activity on the black market for criminals in Peru. The value of the illegal gold mining in… Continue reading Rainforests Destroyed in Peru due to Illegal Mining

Illegal Anchovy Fishing in Peru

The head of the National Fisheries Society in Peru stated that up to one million tonnes of anchovy is illegally caught in the country each year. There are up to six million tonnes of anchovy that is caught in Peru each year, with one million being illegally fished. The fishing industry is the second largest… Continue reading Illegal Anchovy Fishing in Peru

Money Laundering in Peru

The Attorney General of Peru stated that $10 Billion in illicit funds was laundered in the country in 2012, double the estimated $5 Billion that was laundered in 2011.  The money laundering activity that takes place in Peru accounts for 3.5 percent of the country’s GDP. (Additional money laundering techniques.) One new black market crime… Continue reading Money Laundering in Peru

Counterfeit Drugs in Colombia

The director of the Tax and Customs enforcement agency in Colombia stated that the profit margin for criminals selling counterfeit drugs is between 500 to 1,000 percent. For example, a fake Viagra pill that costs $1 to manufacture can be sold for $5 to $10. Intelligence analysts state that cost of the counterfeit drugs being… Continue reading Counterfeit Drugs in Colombia