Business leaders in Saudi Arabia state that statistics show that nearly 80 percent of retail stores in the country sell counterfeit goods to its customers. When surveying customers, the business industry found that 20 percent are using counterfeit products in their households. 25 percent of the medicines sold in local markets are counterfeit drugs. Saudi… Continue reading Retail Stores Selling Counterfeits in Saudi Arabia
According to a report published by the Ministry of Justice, criminal justice programs in Saudi Arabia investigated 72 cases of human trafficking in the country in 2012. The human trafficking cases represented 0.11 percent of all criminal cases investigated in Saudi Arabia. 48 of the trafficking cases occurred in the capital Riyadh, where 35 cases… Continue reading Human Trafficking Cases in Saudi Arabia in 2012
In a campaign against fake credentials launched by the Education Ministry, the investigation discovered that nearly 620 employees of government offices in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia were listing fake diplomas and degrees. 234 doctorate degrees, 230 master degrees and 56 bachelors degrees listed by government workers were discovered to have been fake. Source: “Around… Continue reading Number of Fake Degrees Discovered in Saudi Arabia
The Secretary General of the Permanent Committee to combat Human Trafficking in Saudi Arabia reported that an organized begging ring can collect up to $15,000 in money per month. Many women and children are forced to work as beggars in Saudi Arabia due to the amount of money that is collected. In addition to begging,… Continue reading Child Begging in Saudi Arabia
There are an estimated 2 to 3 million undocumented workers in Saudi Arabia. 575,000 illegal workers were deported from the Kingdom in 2012, and an addition 200,000 were deported in the first three months of 2013. Source: Nandagopal J. Nair, “Saudi Arabia’s crackdown on illegal immigrants is a boon for local businesses,” Quartz, June 24,… Continue reading Number of Illegal Migrants in Saudi Arabia
An estimated $1.5 Billion (6 Billion Saudi Riyal) in counterfeit electronics are sold in Saudi Arabia each year, according to the Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry. A seller of a counterfeit good in the Kingdom reportedly makes a profit of 200 percent due to its illegal orgins, while the seller of the legitimate item… Continue reading Sales of Counterfeit Electrical Products in Saudi Arabia
In February 2013, security officers in Saudi Arabia and the General Motors Global Investigations team seized over 50,000 counterfeit ACDelco parts. Among the fake auto parts that were seized were oil filters, air filters and wiper blades. Source: “50,000 counterfeit auto parts seized in KSA raids,” ConstructionWeekOnline.com, March 25, 2013.5
Police officers in Saudi Arabia arrested a forger who was selling fake post-graduate degrees in Saudi Arabia. The man was selling his degrees for $5,000. The man reportedly sold over 700 degrees and made $3.5 Million (13 Million Saudi Arabian Riyal). (More prices of fake degrees and diplomas online.) Source: Neil King, “Forger in Saudi… Continue reading Fake Masters Degree in Saudi Arabia
Counterfeit auto parts in the Middle East is estimated to be a $1 Billion market. Saudi Arabia was ranked first in the 2011 Global Customs Organizations Annual Report of detecting counterfeit auto parts within its border. Source: “Kingdom top in detection of counterfeit vehicle parts,” Saudi Gazette, February 27, 2013.
The black market value of drug trafficking within Saudi Arabia is estimated to be worth $6.1 Billion (23 Billion Saudi Riyal), according to a university symposium in 2012. (See drug trafficking values by countries.) Source: “Drug trafficking ‘worth SR23b’,” Saudi Gazette, December 22, 2012.