1. Transnational Crime Intelligence
  1. Arms Trafficking$1 Billion
  2. Human Smuggling$35 Billion
  3. Human Trafficking$32 Billion
  4. International Adoptions$1.3 Billion
  5. Nuclear Smuggling$100 Million
  6. Organ Trafficking$75 Million
  7. Organized Crime$322 Billion
  8. Prostitution$186.00 Billion

According to the director of the Saudi Center for Organ Transplants, over 400 people from Saudi Arabia are believed to have bought organs from organ trafficking markets between 2012 and 2013.

There were 190 incidents of organs bought by Saudis in 2012, and 220 cases of organs being bough from black markets in China, Egypt and Pakistan, according to health officials.

Out of the total number of buyers, roughly 40 percent needed to get additional medical treatment due to side effects from the illegal organ transplant.

(Prices of organs for sale on the black market.)

Source:  “Over 400 needy Saudi patients turn to organs black market in Asia,” Saudi Gazette, April 21, 2014.

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 group runs its extortion rackets in the city of Mosul.

In an example of the type of demands made, a computer repair shop owner was told to pay $114,000 for jihad, according to a report in NPR. The group would call the man and tell him to leave the money in a bag. The man never saw the individuals, and was threatened that the ISIS has many people working for them to kill those that do not pay the extortion fee.

(More data on rackets by organized crime groups.)

Source:  Alice Fordham, “For Extremists In Syria, Extortion Brings Piles Of Cash From Iraq,” NPR, April 21, 2014.

Based on statistics about kidnapping released in Mexico, there were 4,051 kidnapping victims across Mexico that were officially reported to criminal justice programs between December 2012 and February 28, 2014. 2,922 of the kidnapping victims were released, while 1,129 victims were still being held for ransom.

71 percent of the kidnapping victims were males. 69 percent of the victims were also considered to be non-affluent. These victims were middle class workers, shop owners students and mid-level professionals. Security intelligence and other research into the kidnap-for-ransom industry in Mexico have found that organized crime groups are now targeting these middle class workers in an attempt to expand the number of potential targets. The kidnappers charge a lower ransom demand, usually around $7,669 (100,000 Mexican Pesos), but are able to target a greater number of people instead of just targeting executives and wealthy families.

Source:  Sergio Ramos, “Mexico: The fight to end kidnapping,” Infosurhoy, April 11, 2014.

Officials in Sweden reported that 177,000 authentic Swedish passports have been stolen or lost. Security officials state that many of these passports may have been sold on the black market to criminals.

According to intelligence across criminal justice programs, Swedish passports are being sold on the black market for human trafficking purposes. These passports are being sold at prices of up to $12,200 (80,000 Swedish Kronor).

Source:  “Swedish passports hot property on black market,” The Local, April 12, 2014.

According to security agents in Mexico, hackers, extortionists and other cyber criminals generated $3 Billion in revenue from various forms of cybercrimes in Mexico in 2013.

Criminal justice programs in the country handled 23,543 cases of cybercrime in 2013.

The director of the Scientific Police Division in Mexico stated that when hackers take over a computer system, they force the computer owner to pay an extortion fee in order to relinquish control of the computer. On average, the extortion fee ranges between $2,000 to $3,000 and is paid through electronic means to a bank account.

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Source:  “Mexico: Computer hacking becoming form of extortion,” Infosurhoy, April 11, 2014.

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Criminal justice departments in Romania reported that there were nearly 900 human trafficking victims identified in the country in 2013.

557 women were identified by criminal justice professionals as victims of human trafficking in 2013. 278 of the females were underage. 319 men were identified as human trafficking victims, with 22 of the males being underage.

Of the victims involved, 38 percent were cases of domestic trafficking, meaning that the victims were from Romania.

Most of the trafficked women were between the ages of 18 to 36, while the men were between 22 to 28 years old.

(Latest human trafficking statistics.)

Source:  “Nearly 900 human trafficking victims identified in 2013,” Act Media, April 4, 2014.

According to a report by Grant Thornton, cybercrime activities costs the economy of Ireland up to $822 Million (€600 Million) per year.

The number of security data breaches reported in 2012 increased by 32 percent when compared to the previous year. Officials with the Data Protection Commissioner state that the number of data breaches reported to criminal justice programs is likely underreported due to concerns about reputation damages.

55 percent of the cybercrime that targets Ireland is through the work of transnational organized crime rings and are based in foreign nations.

Source:  “Cybercrime costs Irish economy €630m a year,” RTE News, April 3, 2014.

In 2013, security officials in Peru reported that 1,767 firearms were reported to be stolen or lost during the year. Most of the guns are stolen from private owners or government security forces.

Security experts believe that most of these guns end up for sale on the black market.

(More arms trafficking statistics.)

Source:  Mimi Yagoub, “Arms Theft from Peru Army Supplies Points to Official Complicity,” InSight Crime, April 3, 2014.

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 that there has not been a single prosecution conviction for human trafficking crimes.

Most of the victims in Bolivia are between the ages of 12 to 24.  The men who are trafficked are used in forced labor situations, while the women are forced to work as prostitutes. The victims are trafficked to Argentina, Brazil, Mexico and Spain.

Source:  Mimi Yagoub, “Human Trafficking Reports in Bolivia Rise 900% in 9 Years,” Insight Crime, April 4, 2014.

Criminal justice programs in Jordan recorded 17 human trafficking cases in the country in 2013. The cases involved 54 males and 27 females who were reported as trafficking victims.

The number of trafficking cases handled by the criminal justice system increased from the 12 cases handled in 2012. However, there were 29 human trafficking cases in 2011, and 26 cases in 2010.

(More human trafficking statistics.)

Source:  Hana Namrouqa, “17 human trafficking cases registered in 2013 — report,” Jordan Times, April 3, 2014.