Ransom Payments to Al Qaeda in 2013

An investigation by the New York Times found that Al Queada and its affiliates have taken at least $125 million in revenue from kidnapping for ransom since 2008. Roughly half, or $66 Million, was paid out in 2013. The United States Treasury put the total at $165 million for the same period. Since 2008, the… Continue reading Ransom Payments to Al Qaeda in 2013

Amount of Illegal Atlantic Bluefin Tuna Caught in 2013

Environmental authorities seized at least 186 tonnes of illegally fished bluefin tuna from the Atlantic in Italy, Spain and Tunisia in 2013, according to statistics released by the Pew Charitable Trust and MedReAct.org. Fishing boats from Italy accounted for 130 tonnes of the illegally fished tuna. In an example of the type of smuggling that… Continue reading Amount of Illegal Atlantic Bluefin Tuna Caught in 2013

Online Piracy Rate in Spain During 2013

A study on digital content by La Coalicion found that 51 percent of internet users in Spain accessed pirated content in 2013. 84 percent of all digital content, such as movies and music, were illegally consumed in Spain during the year. 43 percent of the internet users who committed online piracy stated that they had… Continue reading Online Piracy Rate in Spain During 2013

Human Trafficking Cases in Bolivia in 2013

Criminal justice agencies in Bolivia recorded 35 human trafficking cases back in 2005. In 2012, the number of trafficking cases reported was 456. In 2013, law enforcement reported 363 human trafficking cases across Bolivia, an increase of over 10 times from 2005. Despite the number of cases handled by the criminal justice system, reports claim… Continue reading Human Trafficking Cases in Bolivia in 2013

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 Offered for Liver Tissue in Spain

According to various news reports, a man from Lebanon was offering people up to $55,000 if they were a match for a liver transplant. The man, reportedly a mayor from a Lebanon city, arraigned for various people to have a liver compatibility test in Valencia, Spain. The tests reportedly cost $16,000 to conduct. After a… Continue reading Price Offered for Liver Tissue in Spain

Human Trafficking in Spain

Police in Spain estimate that there are 12,000 human trafficking victims in the country who are forced to work as prostitutes. The income that traffickers make from prostituting these victims is reported to be $6 Million a day, or $2.1 Billion a year. Most of the women are trafficked from Brazil, China, Nigeria, Paraguay and… Continue reading Human Trafficking in Spain

Bulk Cash Smuggling in the EU

On an average day in 2012, security agents in France seized $400,600 (€300,000) in cash that was being smuggled in order to avoid taxes. The amount seized in France in 2012 ws 50 percent higher than the amount of cash seized daily in 2011. In the first 3 months of 2013, customs agents in France… Continue reading Bulk Cash Smuggling in the EU

Prostitution in Cuba

The Justice Minister of Cuba reported that the government convicted 224 people for pimping activities in 2012. Seven individuals were also arrested for abusing minors. It was previously reported by media outlets that many tourists, particularly from Canada and Spain, travel to Cuba in order to have sex with underage children. (Prostitution prices worldwide.) Source: … Continue reading Prostitution in Cuba

Illegal Immigration Causes Dinghy Cost to Rise in Africa

In the middle of 2013, criminal justice officials in Spain and other countries in Europe have reported an increase in migrants attempting to be smuggled into EU territory. Most of the migrants are departing from Morocco, where the distance to cross over the ocean is just 9 miles to reach the coast of Spain. Due… Continue reading Illegal Immigration Causes Dinghy Cost to Rise in Africa