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.
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.
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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.
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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.
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Source: Hana Namrouqa, “17 human trafficking cases registered in 2013 — report,” Jordan Times, April 3, 2014.
A report published by the European Commission found that up to $344 Million (€250 Million) in revenue is generated from sex trafficking in Ireland each year. (Note: This amount is the same amount that was reported last year as the total revenue generated from prostitution in Ireland.)
An estimated 1,000 women are available for sale due to human trafficking in Ireland at any given moment, according to the Immigrant Council of Ireland.
Based on surveys of customers of the sex trade, around 92 percent of the men who visit prostitutes are over the age of 45. The men also earn over $27,000 (€20,000) in wages per year.
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Source: “Sex-buyers mostly well-educated, 42yrs+ men in relationships, study finds,” Irish Examiner, March 27, 2014.
According to the Interior Ministry of Russia, there were 66 cases of human trafficking resisted by the criminal justice system in 2013. Out of that total, 63 cases were for the purpose of sexual exploitation.
In addition to the human trafficking cases, security agencies in Russia saw nearly 3,500 sex related crimes across the country. These cases included prostitution, illegal production and distribution of porn, and child sexual abuse images.
Source: “Set of measures needed to prevent human sex trafficking in Russia – Interior Minister,” Voice of Russia, March 28, 2014.