What is the black market? How big is it? What types of goods are sold in the black market? To create a clearer picture, Havocscope collects the latest black market intelligence and security threats from a wide range of sources. These public sources includes criminal justice programs, security and intelligence agencies, news articles and user submitted data. The source of the black market intelligence is listed at the bottom of each post.
According to a study by the Small Arms Survey, there are an estimated 10 million firearms and guns circulating in the hands of civilians in Thailand.
The price of buy a gun in Thailand costs about $2,600 on the black market, according to previous reports.
(More prices of AK-47s and other guns on the black market.)
Source: Charlie Campbell, “If There’s Going to Be a Thai Civil War, Isaan Will Be Its Front Line,” Time, July 2, 2014.
The agency responsible for anti-money laundering campaigns in Singapore reported an increase in cases during 2013.
According to the Commercial Affairs Department, the agency received 22,417 suspicious transaction reports during the 2013 year, and increase of 25 percent from the previous year. In 341 instances, the agency provided intelligence to foreign agencies, up from the 160 cases of intelligence sharing that took place in 2012.
In total, security officials in Singapore seized over $92 Million (115 Million Singaporean Dollars) in suspected criminal proceeds.
According to a spokesman for the agency, more transnational organized crime groups are using the country’s financial industry in order to move their illicit funds.
(All money laundering statistics here.)
Source: Andrea Tan, “Singapore Says More Overseas Criminals Seek Bank Accounts,” Bloomberg Businessweek, July 2, 2014.
Security forces in Cambodia arrested two Cambodia men for organizing a kidney selling ring in Thailand. The men ran an organ trafficking ring that sent 5 people to hospitals in Thailand with fake documents in order to have their kidneys removed.
According to police officials, the men sold the kidney’s for $10,000 (325,000 Thai Baht). To the human sellers who sold their kidneys, the men paid them between $3,000 to $5,000.
(See how much kidneys sell for on the black market.)
Source: “Cambodian kidney traffickers arrested,” Bangkok Post, July 2, 2014.
According to reports from wildlife organization Save the Elephants, the price for raw ivory in China was $2,100 per kilogram.
Back in 2010, the price of the ivory was $750 per kilo.
Between 2010 and 2012, up to 33,000 elephants were poached and killed on average each year.
(See all wildlife trafficking statistics here.)
Source: AFP, “Smuggled elephant ivory price triples,” Yahoo News, July 3, 2014.
Between 2011 and 2013, authorities in Chile seized 362,752 pirated books from stores across the country. The pirated books were valued at $1.5 Million.
In 2013, a total of 6,559 pirated books valued at $106,000 were seized in Chile.
The rate of seizures has increased in 2014, with 13,181 pirated books being seized in the first three months of the year, or more than doubled the total amount for 2013.
Most of the pirated books seized in Chile are children’s books and literature books. However, police have seen an increase in pirated textbooks in 2014. For example, the textbook Atlas of Human Anatomy is the main book used for health programs in universities in Chile. Officials have seized 34 pirated copies in the first 3 months of 2014. The pirated textbook costs $35, while an original copy of the textbook cots $200.
According to security officials, pirated book smugglers from Peru have strapped copies to their bodies and have smuggled it into the country by copying the tactics of drug traffickers.
Source: Carolina Contreras, “Chile fights against book pirating,” Infosurhoy, June 30, 2014.
A man in Monaco paid a pair of hitmen over $330,000 (€250,000) in cash and gifts to kill his mother-in-law.
Wojciech Janowski previously serviced as Poland’s honorary counsel in Monaco and was married to the daughter of a heiress. In an attempt to gain access to the wealth of the mother-in-law, Janowski paid $272,000 (€200,000) in cash and an additional $67,000 (€50,000) in gifts.
Security officials do not believe that the wife of Janowski and the daughter of the victim had anything to do with the contract killing.
(See more reported prices of hitmen around the world.)
Source: AFP, “Son-in-law charged with contract killing of Monaco heiress,” Channel NewsAsia, June 28, 2014.
A study published in Nature reported that the deforestation rate in Indonesia is the highest in the world. Between 2000 and 2012, Indonesia lost 6.02 million hectares of forest due to logging and other clearing activities. According to the researchers from the University of Maryland, up to 40 percent of the deforestation in Indonesia was due to illegal logging.
Environmental officials and wildlife protection charities are concerned about the loss of forests in Indonesia. The country’s forests are home to 10 percent of the world’s plants, 12 percent of its mammals, 16 percent of its reptiles and 17 percent of its bird species.
Source: Michale Bachelard, “World’s worst illegal logging in Indonesia,” The Age, June 29, 2014.
Government officials in the Netherlands reported that the legalized trade of drugs and prostitution in Amsterdam and across the country contributes $3.4 Billion (€2.5 Billion) to the national economy. The two industries contribute to 0.4 percent of the Netherlands GDP.
Statistics Netherlands stated that most of the consumption of the services is domestic and takes place in the marijuana coffee shops and brothels.
(Sex trade revenue around the world.)
Source: “It’s official: drugs, prostitution boost Dutch economy,” Reuters, June 25, 2014.
Customers in Phomh Phen, Cambodia are able to buy fake car license plates from street vendors in the capital.
The price for a fake license costs between $4.50 to $10. A typical Royal Cambodian Armed Forces plate costs $6.50, and is available within the day.
On average, the vendor reports having between 5 to 10 customers each day, with heavy days seeing up to 30 customers. The most popular types of fake license plates are of the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces or the police. Other types of plates available are non-government organizations, military police and even press plates assigned to the media.
The vendor pays Cambodian authorities $2.50 every day in bribes in order to allow his business to continue.
Many customers purchase the fake plates in order to avoid safety inspections and to avoid the lengthy and costly process of registering their vehicle or motorbike. A motorbike operator stated that if he went through legitimate channels, the cost to get his license plate would be $35 and would take 30 days. By buying the fake plate, he pays $5 and receives the plate in hours.
Source: Buth Reaksmey Kongkea, “Vendors with a licence to forge,” Phnom Phen Post, June 27, 2014.
Two cases of illegal gambling syndicates in Asia highlight the amount of money being wagered on the 2014 World Cup.
Police in Macau broke up a ring that took in $645 Million during the opening matches. 22 people were arrested by police in China, Hong Kong and Malaysia. The syndicate was operating out of three hotel rooms in Macau where they took internet and phone bets from people around the world. One gambler allegedly placed a $5 Million bet with the syndicate.
In the same hotel, police broke up a different illegal gambling ring that took in up to $645,000 in bets in a single day during the World Cup.
Hong Kong police seized illegal betting slips that had around $10 Million in bets placed and arrested 39 people in the first two weeks of the tournament. Illegal sports betting in Hong Kong generates about $64.5 Billion each year in the territory.
Singapore security officials arrested 15 people in a illegal gambling ring that took in $640,000 in World Cup bets during the opening stages of the World Cup.
Over half of all illegal sports gambling takes place in Asia.
(See all illegal sports gambling statistics and figures here.)
Source: Sophie Brown, “Macau busts $645 million World Cup betting ring,” CNN, June 23, 2014.