Police in Phuket, Thailand report that a foreigners can sell their passports on the black market in Phukett and receive up to $200. The foreigner can then report to their home embassy that they have lost their passport and receive a new one.
Between January 2012 and June 2013, over 60,000 passports of both Thai citizens and foreigner tourists were reported missing or stolen in Thailand.
(More earnings and income from illegal jobs.)
Source: Amy Sawitta Lefevre, “Thailand grapples with ‘massive’ fake passport racket,” Reuters, March 10, 2014.
The National Police Agency in Japan reported that the number of members in Japanese organized crime groups totaled 58,600 in 2013. The number of Yakuza members in 2013 was lower than the 63,200 reported in 2012.
This is the first time on record that the number of Yakuza members across the country was below 60,000.
Security experts in Japan state that there are various reasons for the decline in membership. Police have recently introduced tougher enforcement against the Yakuza, as well as a poor public image and a slowing Japanese economy has made the life of a gangster much more difficult in the country.
(More statistics about organized crime.)
The largest Yakuza group in Japan is still the Yamaguchi-gumi. The group had a total of 25,700 members in 2013, a decline of 2,000 members from the year before. The second largest gang, the Sumiyoski-kai, had 9,500 gangsters on its roll, a decline of 1,100 from the previous year.
Source: AFP, “Membership of Japan’s yakuza crime gangs falls to all-time low,” Guardian, March 6, 2014.
According to the National Shoplifting Prevention Coalition, over $13 Billion worth of goods and merchandise is stolen from stores in the United States each year. This breaksdown to over $35 Million worth of goods shoplifted each day. Due to the loss of merchandise, impact to the stores business, and rising cost, shoplifting affects the typical American family about $400 a year. In the State of Illinois, up to $1.5 Billion worth of items is stolen each year.
Police and security professionals estimate that 3 percent of all shoplifting is done by organized crime groups or professionals shoplifters who steal the goods for resale and profit.
Source: “$7 million shoplifting case shines light on crime’s bottom line,” ABC 7 Chicago, March 6, 2014.
According to agents with the Metropolitan Bureau of Investigation in Orlando, Florida, a woman told authorities that she was making up to $80,000 a month while working as a high class escort. Her friend, who was also working for the escort agency, told police that she made $500,000 a year, or about $42,000 a month.
Investigators stated that between 15 to 20 women were working for this group of illegal prostitution services. The illegal agency would charge customers $300 to $400 for one hour, with a five hour dinner date costing between $1,500 to $1,800.
(More earnings from the black market.)
Source: Amy Pavuk, “Arrest sheds light on ‘upscale’ escort business,” Orlando Sentinel, March 5, 2014.
A report in the New York Times highlighted the sex industry of Dongguan, China. The red light distict in Dongguan is considered to be one of the most developed sex trade areas in all of China. However, in February and March 2014, security forces have begun to crack down on the sex trade in the city.
Prior to the crackdown, the NY Times reported that the cost to hire a woman for two hours in an upscale brothel would cost about $160 (1,000 renminbi.)
Brothel owners also advertised job openings to women in the area. One help-wanted sign in the city stated that a prostitute could make between $1,640 to $4,900 a month. If a woman only wanted to be a karaoke bar hostess, then the woman could make up to $1,300 a month plus tips.
The scale of the sex trade on the local economy was being felt as business dried up due to the government crackdown. One club manager stated that two out of five people in the area would lose their jobs if the sex industry continued to be shut down. Another club owner stated that he was losing $10,000 per day in expenses and lost revenue. One taxi driver stated that he could make up to $120 per night from commissions paid out by brothel owners when he would bring customers to their location.
(More prostitute rates worldwide.)
Source: Edward Wong, “Red Lights Dim in China’s Sin City,” New York Times, March 6, 2014.
According to user submitted data, the price of sex charged by street prostitutes in Tehran, Iran is between $50 to $65.
Customers pick up the prostitutes while driving on the streets of Tehran. In general, the asking rate is $65, but the payment price is usually lowered to $50. The customer brings the prostitute back to their apartment for an hour. Some prostitutes require the customer to bring her back to her original location.
Most of the street prostitutes in Tehran and native women in their 20s.
(More prostitution prices from the black market.)
Source: User submitted data, received by Havocscope on March 4, 2014.
In 2010, police in the US State of South Dakato arrested 6 people for prostitution charges.
In 2013, the number of prostitution arrests made by the Sioux Falls Police Department increased to 99. Despite a new focus on tackling sex trafficking and focusing on pimps and customers, police stated that there were more arrests for prostitution than for pimping in 2013.
(How much money a pimp makes from one trafficked girl?)
Source: Associated Press, “Shift in policing in South Dakota turns up heat on sex trade,” Rapid City Journal, March 2, 2014.
There are an estimated 200,000 prostitutes working in Bangladesh.
In 2004, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) estimated that 10,000 underage girls were working as prostitutes in Bangladesh. Other estimates about the girls working in the sex industry placed the number at 29,000. Many of the girls working in the sex industry are victims of human trafficking and their families were paid $250 by traffickers.
(More prices of human trafficking victims.)
90 percent of the prostitutes in Bangladesh take a steroid in order to appear older and to assist them in having sex with more clients each day. The steroid, called oradexon, is usually used by farmers to fatten up their livestock.
Sex customers in Bangladesh pay 60 cents for each visit, while the young girls pay 16 cents for the steroid.
(More prostitution rates worldwide.)
Source: “Bangladeshi sex workers take steroids to snag clients,” Deutsche Welle, February 28, 2014.
The Delhi Policd investigated 2010 cases of human trafficking in 2013. The number of cases investigated was up from the 186 cases of human trafficking the police handled in 2012.
A total of 1,032 human trafficking victims were rescued by security forces in 2013, up from the 953 victims in 2012.
872 victims rescued in 2013 were men, compared to 768 men in 2012. A tota of 160 women trafficking victims were rescued in 2013, down from the 185 women in 2012.
(More human trafficking statistics.)
Source: Jatin Anand, “Human trafficking cases up by 10% in 2013, shows police data,” Hindustan Times, February 24, 2014.
There are an estimated 3,500 prostitutes working on Gartin Bastion Road in Delhi, India.
The prostitutes work out of 100 brothels that line the street.
According to reports, the price charged by the women prostitutes in G.B. road is $2.
The government of India estimates 3 Million women work as prostitutes across the country.
(More prostitution rates and prices.)
Source: Sophie Cousins, “When mum is a prostitute,” Global Post, February 23, 2014.