According to an investigation conducted by the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP), there are around 2,500 illegal mining pits located across Ukraine. Most of the illegal “kopanki” pits are located in the Donbas region near Donetsk. Experts in the mining industry estimate that tens of thousands of illegal miners are working in these… Continue reading Illegal Coal Mining in Ukraine
Over the span of 10 years, thousands of people have been killed due to religious and ethnic violence in the Central Nigerian region known as the Middle Belt. Contributing to the violence is an estimated 5,000 firearms that were illegally trafficked into the area. Out of those illicit arms, about 3,500 are AK-47s that were… Continue reading AK-47 Trafficking into Central Nigeria
A report by an online advertising and Internet security firm stated that up to $9.5 Billion in online advertising in 2013 could be wasted by displaying ads to bot traffic. Up to 46 percent of Web-based ad impressions in 2013 could be displayed to suspicious and malicious traffic that is controlled by botnets. 35 percent… Continue reading Botnet Traffic Losses in Online Advertising
As previously reported, there are between 11,000 to 15,000 teenagers working as prostitutes in Ukraine, according to date by UNICEF. Of the total number of teenagers working as prostitutes, 62 percent were having unprotected sex in 2008. In 2011, the number of teenagers having unprotected sex as prostitutes in Ukraine dropped to 40 percent. The… Continue reading Unprotected Sex By Teenage Prostitutes in Ukraine
According to the Kyiv Motorist Club, one out of every three liters of fuel sold in Ukraine is substandard or counterfeit. The motor club conducted tests at major gas stations and found that 30 percent of the gas did not meet Ukraine or Euro standards. According to energy experts, the number of filling stations that… Continue reading Counterfeit Petrol Sold in Ukraine
UNICEF estimates that there are around 11,000 to 15,000 teenage girls who are working as prostitutes in Ukraine. At the same time, the country is also facing one of the worst HIV/AIDS epidemic in Europe, and many teenage girls are becoming infected. In Southern Ukraine, people in the age group of 15-24 die from HIV… Continue reading Number of Teenage Prostitutes in Ukraine
Custom officials in Ukraine seized over 120 million cigarettes that were being smuggled into the country in 2011. Officials report that 90 percent of the smuggled cigarettes seized was produced in Moldova.
The rate of cigarette smuggling in Romania decreased to 11.8 percent in September 2011, down from the 15.7 percent reported in the early summer of 2011. Tobacco smuggling is still down from the previous high of 30 percent in 2010.
Cigarette smuggling in Ukraine led to 15 to 20 percent of all cigarettes smoked in the country to have entered through the black market without proper documentation and taxation.
Three doctors in Ukraine were arrested for selling the kidneys of human trafficking victims to wealthy buyers on the black market. The kidneys were sold for $100,000 to $200,000.