Value of Illegal Gold Mining in Peru

In 2011, around $3 Billion in gold that was illegally mined in Peru was exported out of the country. International monitors estimate that over 20 percent of gold mining activities in the country is done illegally. In the region of Madre de Dios, up to 97 percent of the mining is done by unauthorized miners.… Continue reading Value of Illegal Gold Mining in Peru

Human Trafficking Victims Rescued in Peru Between 2011 to 2013

From June 2011 to June 2013, security agencies in Peru identified and rescued around 2,000 people who were victims of human trafficking in the country. 42 percent of the victims identified were minors. During the two year period, criminal sentences were handed out to 26 people. Criminal justice officials state that one of the mining… Continue reading Human Trafficking Victims Rescued in Peru Between 2011 to 2013

How to Make Counterfeit Money

A security investigator working in Peru explained to the Associated Press the process of making fake money that made Peru the number one producer of counterfeit US dollars. In order to make counterfeit money, the counterfeiters use off the shelf software such as Corel Draw or Microsoft Office to design the dollar bill.  Using a… Continue reading How to Make Counterfeit Money

Amount of Money a Drug Mule Can Make Smuggling Drugs into Spain

According to security officials in Peru, drug traffickers offer people between $6,670 to $9,300 (€5,000 to €7,000) to smuggle illegal drugs into Spain. A kilogram of cocaine sells for $45,000 in Europe. In 2012, at least 248 foreigners were arrested at Peru’s Lima airport attempting to smuggle drugs to the United States, Europe and Asia.… Continue reading Amount of Money a Drug Mule Can Make Smuggling Drugs into Spain

British Citizens in Peruvian Prisons for Drug Trafficking

As of August 2013, there were reportedly over 30 citizens of Britain who were serving time inside prisons in Peru for drug trafficking crimes, according to a report by the Associated Press. In 2012, Peru produced the most cocaine in the world, surpassing Colombia. Source: Associated Press, “Peru police video shows young drug-smuggling suspects,” Washington… Continue reading British Citizens in Peruvian Prisons for Drug Trafficking

Number of Cultural Artifacts Stolen in Peru

In 2011, officials in Peru seized 2,962 cultural artifacts throughout the year from being smuggled out of the country. The average number of items seized per month equaled 247 each month. In 2012, the number of artifacts and antiques seized by officials decreased to 1,870, an average of 155 per month. In the first five… Continue reading Number of Cultural Artifacts Stolen in Peru

Fuel for Mining Operations in Peru

In the Madre de Dios region of Peru, 85 percent of fuel sales is used to operate machinery for illegal mining operations. Only 15 percent of all fuel sales is used for automobiles. The illegal mining machinery requires 70 to 80 gallons of fuel to operate per day. The area, located on the borders of… Continue reading Fuel for Mining Operations in Peru

Cocaine Production in the Andes in 2012

The White House Office of National Drug Control Policy stated that the amount of cocaine produced in the Andes region in 2012 was down 10 percent from the previous year. Bolivia produced 155 metric tons of pure cocaine in 2012, down 18 percent from 2011. Colombia produced 175 metric tons, down 7.9 percent from the… Continue reading Cocaine Production in the Andes in 2012

Illegal Immigrants in Brazil

An estimated 300,000 illegal immigrants from Bolivia and Paraguay and 45,000 from Peru live in the Sao Paulo area of Brazil. Security officials in Brazil report that many of the illegal immigrants in the country use the services of human smugglers to enter the country and then fall victim to labor traffickers. Police highlighted a… Continue reading Illegal Immigrants in Brazil

Arrests for Counterfeiting US Dollars in Peru

Between 2010 and May 2013, law enforcement authorities in Peru have arrested 296 people for counterfeiting US dollars and broken up seven gangs who were organizing the production of counterfeit money. Up to 17 percent of the fake US dollars in circulation in the United States were produced in Peru. Police in Peru seized $24… Continue reading Arrests for Counterfeiting US Dollars in Peru