Number of Elephants Killed by Poaching in 2013

Based on statistics released by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (Cites), there were at least 20,000 elephants killed world wide by poachers in 2013 for their ivory tusks. The number of elephants killed was slightly down from the 22,000 elephants killed in 2012 and the 25,000 poached in 2011. At the end… Continue reading Number of Elephants Killed by Poaching in 2013

Sales of Illegal Cigarettes in the Philippines in 2013

A study by Oxford Economics and the International Tax and Investment Center found that the Philippines Government lost $357 Million (15.6 Billion Philippine Peso) in tax revenue due to the sale of illegal cigarettes. 17.1 Billion cigarettes that were sold on the black market were smoked in the Philippines in 2013, up from the 6.1… Continue reading Sales of Illegal Cigarettes in the Philippines in 2013

Cost per hit of Death Squads in the Philippines

In a report by Human Rights Watch, a death squad organized on the southern island of Mindanao in the Philippines were reportedly being paid $110 per killing of drug dealers, thieves and even children. The death squad was reportedly organized by the may of Tagum City, who paid the hit men a monthly salary of… Continue reading Cost per hit of Death Squads in the Philippines

Average Sextortion Blackmail Demand Online

Interpol and cyber crime officials in the Philippines broke up an industrial-style extortion ring that as blackmailing hundreds of people around the world through online channels. According to security agencies, the 58 people who were arrested in May 2014 would contact people through social media. After establishing a relationship, the group would obtain intimate or… Continue reading Average Sextortion Blackmail Demand Online

Corruption and Tax Evasion Losses to the Philippines

In 2011, the Philippines Government lost an estimated $3.85 Billion in tax revenue due to illicit financial flows. When the total losses from illegal financial transactions is calculated from 1960 to 2012, over $400 Billion was lost to the Philippines Government, according to a report by Global Financial Integrity. During the 52 year period, the… Continue reading Corruption and Tax Evasion Losses to the Philippines

Child Pornography In the Philippines

The Philippines National Police (PNP) stated that live streaming of children forced to perform sexual acts is a multi-billion dollar cyber market worldwide. Web operators in the Philippines charge customers up to $100 per hour to view children perform requested sexual acts on camera. In addition to live streaming, videos and images are sold for… Continue reading Child Pornography In the Philippines

Webcam Child Abuse in the Philippines

An international enforcement action broke up a child pornography ring in January 2014 that was providing customers with webcam streaming of children committing sex acts. The webcam was based in the Philippines and lead to 29 people being arrested. The investigation spanned across 12 countries and identified 733 suspects. After breaking up the ring, criminal… Continue reading Webcam Child Abuse in the Philippines

Human Trafficking Victims in Japan

The Polaris Project, an non-governmental organization, estimates that there are up to 54,000 human trafficking victims that are bought and sold in Japan each year. In an article with the Bangkok Post, the report highlighted cases where women from the Philippines, Thailand and South Korea were trafficked to Japan in order to work in the… Continue reading Human Trafficking Victims in Japan

Counterfeits Goods in the Philippines in 2013

Security officers with the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) and the Bureau of Customs (BOC) in the Philippines seized counterfeit goods worth a total of $174 Million (7.76 Billion Philippine Pesos) in 2013. The value of the fake goods seized in 2013 was higher than the $118 Million (5.27 Billion Pesos) seized in 2012. Among… Continue reading Counterfeits Goods in the Philippines in 2013

Cigarette Brands Smuggled into Vietnam

The Vietnam Tobacco Association states that over 100 different brands of cigarettes are smuggled into Vietnam each year. The brands Jet and Hero are the most popular, with the two brands consisting of over 90 percent of the smuggled tobacco in the country. Roughly 20 percent of the country’s tobacco market is smuggled cigarettes. Most… Continue reading Cigarette Brands Smuggled into Vietnam