Costs and Fees for Migrants Smuggling to Europe

A human trafficker who was arrested by security forces in Italy explained the cost structure a that migrants departing from North Africa to Europe must pay in order to be smuggled on a boat. The boats that consist of the human smuggling market of North Africa to Italy are usually retired fishing boats that are… Continue reading Costs and Fees for Migrants Smuggling to Europe

Illegal Immigrants Seized from Entering the EU in 2013

Security Agencies guarding the borders of the European Union detected 107,000 people who were attempting to illegally enter the EU in 2013. The number of people detected by security forces was higher than the 75,000 people detected in 2012. Intelligence officials stated that most of the people attempting to be smuggled into the EU or… Continue reading Illegal Immigrants Seized from Entering the EU in 2013

Artifact and Antique Smuggling in Syria

An artifact smuggler was quoted in the media as saying that the ability to smuggle ancient artifacts and antiques from historic sites in Syria has become easier and more rampant since the start of the violent civil conflict. According to the report, artifact such as vases, silver coins and ceramic figures are all being looted… Continue reading Artifact and Antique Smuggling in Syria

ISIS Extort Money in Northern Iraq

The Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) that is fighting in Syria is estimated to be collecting over $1 Million a month from extortion rackets in Northern Iraq. According to intelligence from security agencies, the group has expanded on collecting payments from businesses and shop owners since late 2012 and into 2013. The… Continue reading ISIS Extort Money in Northern Iraq

Human Smuggling and Human Trafficking Cases in the Netherlands

In 2013, criminal justice programs in the Netherlands investigated 175 cases of human smuggling across the country. The number of smuggling cases were an increase of 25 percent from the human smuggling cases investigated in 2012. An estimated 1,500 people are residing in the Netherlands without proper documents or visas. Most of these individuals originated… Continue reading Human Smuggling and Human Trafficking Cases in the Netherlands

Human Smuggling in Pakistan

According to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, organized crime groups that facilitate human smuggling are able to generate up to $109 Million a year from transporting illegal migrants around the world. Most of the people that are smuggled are from Afghanistan and Pakistan, and are attempting to enter Australia by traveling by… Continue reading Human Smuggling in Pakistan

Price of Kidney Sold by Syrian Refugees

According to media reports, a refugee from Syria reportedly sold his kidney to organ traffickers for $5,000. The broker who arraigned the sale of the organ reportedly received $2,000. The trafficker told the press that he has arraigned 35 black market organ sales. Previously, another refugee told the press that he sold his kidney for… Continue reading Price of Kidney Sold by Syrian Refugees

Captagon in Syria and Lebanon

According to media reports, the price to buy a tablet of Captagon in Syria is between $5 to $20. The market for Captagon in the Middle East has increased in recent years as the war in Syria has continued. Criminal justice officials believe that Syria produced the most Captagon tablets in 2013, surpassing Lebanon as… Continue reading Captagon in Syria and Lebanon

Arms and Human Smuggling on the Jordan – Syria Border

Government security agencies in Jordan seized 300 percent more weapons and firearms on its border with Syria in 2013 when compared to 2012. 900 weapons, 24 vehicles, and 6 million illegal drug pills were seized while attempting to be smuggled into Jordan. Along with the blackĀ  market items, nearly 1,600 people were caught attempting to… Continue reading Arms and Human Smuggling on the Jordan – Syria Border

Syrian Refugees Selling Organs and Kidneys to Survive

As the conflict in Syria continues, refugees continue to turn to the black market in order to survive and generate money. It was previously reported that women were turning to prostitution, and the men were selling their daughters to other men. In November 2013, it was reported that refugees from Syria were selling their kidneys… Continue reading Syrian Refugees Selling Organs and Kidneys to Survive