Security officials estimate that Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) has extorted up to $20 Million between 2010 to 2012 from kidnapping and ransom activities. Intelligence agencies in the United States and the United Kingdom believe that kidnapping for ransom is the largest source of revenue for the AQAP. The ransom money paid to… Continue reading Earnings From Kidnapping for Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula
In the first six months of 2013, authorities in Yemen seized and destroyed over 57 tons of counterfeit and expired foods, counterfeit cosmetics and counterfeit drugs. 581 cases of counterfeiting have been identified by law enforcement, with 522 cases being sent to the Prosecutors office. Amongst the actions taken by officials were seizing 50,000 packs… Continue reading Seizures of Fake Foods and Counterfeit Goods in Yemen
According to security services in Yemen, human traffickers were paid $1,000 per person for trafficking people from Yemen into Egypt. The victims then had their eyes and kidney taken by organ traffickers.
Custom Officials in Yemen state that the country losses up to 90 percent of customs revenue due to the counterfeiting of documents.
Human smuggling in the Horn of Africa could generate over $20 million a year in revenue.
In the first 5 months of 2011, over 9,000 people from Somalia and over 27,000 people from Ethiopia have smuggled by boat into Yemen.
In 2009, Yemen’s fishing industry lost an estimated $150 Million due to illegal fishing activities by Somali Pirates.
Black market kidney brokers who arranged people from Yemen to sell their kidney for patients in Egypt received commission payments of up to $60,000 per kidney. The sellers of kidneys received $5,000, although many were targeted for robbery on their way home.