There are around 5 million prostitutes in China.
According to surveys of the sex workers, 50 percent take protection and use a condom with every customer.
In the northern city of Tianjian, 17 percent of the prostitutes are infected with syphilis and 50 percent use a condom with every client.
With only half of the country’s sex workers using condom, health workers are concerned that HIV/AIDS spreading quickly through customers and infected prostitutes. According to the United Nations, heterosexual sex is the leading cause of AIDS transmission in China. 46.5 percent of new infections in 2011 were from heterosexual sex.
Heterosexual sex is the leading cause of AIDS transmission in China, according to the United Nations. 28 percent of all people living with HIV and AIDS in China are women.
Source: “Prostitution and AIDS: In need of more protection,” The Economist, January 30, 2014.
The Philippines National Police (PNP) stated that live streaming of children forced to perform sexual acts is a multi-billion dollar cyber market worldwide. Web operators in the Philippines charge customers up to $100 per hour to view children perform requested sexual acts on camera. In addition to live streaming, videos and images are sold for $22 (1,000 Philippine Pesos.)
International agencies fighting the trade state that the Philippines is among the top countries in the world where sexual abuse of children takes place for online viewing. Intelligence collected by security forces find that these cyber dens where webcams operate are concentrated in teh Luzon and Cebu areas.
Source: “PHL among top producers of child pornography, international task force says,” GMA News Online, January 17, 2014.
According to the British Ambassador to the United Nations, terrorist groups affiliated with Al Qaeda has made at least $105 Million between 2010 and 2013 from kidnapping hostages and releasing them for a ransom payment.
The United Nations Security Council stated that countries should not pay ransom demands in order to cut off this funding stream for Al Qaeda.
Kidnapping for ransom has been a profitable activity for Al Qaeda groups in the Middle East. Previously, it was reported that Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) has made up to $20 Million between 2010 to 2012 from kidnapping.
Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), which is based in Northern Africa, is estimated to have made several million dollars from ransom payments in the last ten years. In 2011, the average ransom payment made to AQIM was reported to be $5.4 Million per hostage.
(More kidnap for ransom statistics.)
Source: AFP, “Al-Qaeda groups reap $100 million in ransoms,” Google News, January 27, 2014.
According to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, organized crime groups that facilitate human smuggling are able to generate up to $109 Million a year from transporting illegal migrants around the world.
Most of the people that are smuggled are from Afghanistan and Pakistan, and are attempting to enter Australia by traveling by sea across the Indian Ocean. Many of the people that utilize these services are religious minorities who are escaping persecution and attempting to claim asylum in Australia.
There are also cases reported of Pakistani migrants who are smuggled to Europe. According to the UNODC, there have been incidents where the migrants have been caught holding fake id cards and counterfeit documents.
In addition, security services has also seen an increase in people from Syria and Egypt using these human smuggling networks to escape the violence in their countries.
Source: Ayaz Gul, “UN: Human Trafficking Increasing in Pakistan,” Voice of America, January 23, 2014.
According to media reports, a refugee from Syria reportedly sold his kidney to organ traffickers for $5,000.
The broker who arrainged the sale of the organ reportedly received $2,000. The trafficker told the press that he has arrainged 35 black market organ sales.
Previously, another refugee told the press that he sold his kidney for $7,000, while the broker who arrainged the sale received $700.
Selling organs is just one of the many black market activities that is taking place in Syrian refugee camps. Women are offering sex in order to receive money to survive and fathers are selling off their daughters to wealthy men.
(Organ black market sales and prices.)
Source: John Johnson, “Syrian Refugees Selling Their Organs to Survive,” Newser, January 21, 2014.
According to media reports from Africa, men in Kenya are increasing choosing to visit prostitutes from Uganda rather than Kenya due to several factors.
One of the main factors of preference for Uganda prostitutes is due to female genital mutilation (FGM) of Kenyan women. Due to the process of cutting of the labia, many women are unable to feel stimulation during intercourse. Thus, according to men interviewed, they are “boring in bed.”
Another reason is the price. Prostitutes in Kenya charge between $3.20 to $11.25 (8,000 to 28,000 Uganda Shillings). In contrast, prostitutes from Uganda charge between $0.80 to $2.00 (2,000 to 5,000 Schillings).
(World prostitute prices.)
One Uganda prostitute stated that when Somali truck drivers travel through the area, she is able to make up to $500 (500,000 Schillings) a night.
There are about 500 prostitutes working in the area of Malaba, Kenya that borders on Uganda. They women service the hundreds of truck drivers who use the customs point at the border.
(Income from illegal jobs.)
Source: Pius Opae Papa, “Why Ugandan, Kenyan sex workers are at war,” The Observer(Kenya), January 19, 2014.
In an interview with the BBC, a cyber criminal based in the Ivory Coast stated that he can make up to $6767 to $16,237 (€5,000 to €12,000) on a good month targeting victims with online dating scams.
(Illegal jobs and the money they earn.)
The most profitable scams for the “brouters” (as cyber criminals are called in the Ivory Coast) is the “love method”, where online dating customers are are targeted because they are looking for love. The scammer would begin chatting with the victim and start exchanging pictures and messages. Eventually, they would lay out the “tax”, or the amount of money needed in order to visit the victim in person. For example, they would tell the victim that they would love to visit them in France, but they first need to pay $6,800 in debts in order to leave, and the victim would send them the money.
According to security intelligence services,online criminals in Ivory Coast is between the ages of 16 and 17. On average, each one of these teenagers are able to make around $13,000 a month from online fraud. At internet cafes, they pay less than $1 for 4 hours of online access.
(More prices and fees of online fraud and hackers.)
Source: Tamasin Ford, “Ivory Coast cracks down on cyber crime,” BBC News, January 16, 2014.
An international enforcement action broke up a child pornography ring in January 2014 that was providing customers with webcam streaming of children committing sex acts. The webcam was based in the Philippines and lead to 29 people being arrested. The investigation spanned across 12 countries and identified 733 suspects. After breaking up the ring, police in the Philippines rescued 15 children between the ages of 6 and 15.
The Souther region of Cebu in the Philippines has become a hotspot for children engaging on sex acts on webcams. In September 2013, a Filipino couple was arrested for forcing their 3 children to perform on webcams. They were charging customers $100 to view their children.
(More child trafficking statistics here.)
Source: AFP, “Philippine child webcam abuse ring uncovered in police probe,” Google News, January 16, 2014.
A report by the Associated Press stated that over 10,000 religious artifacts have been stolen over the past 10 years from churches in Macedonia.
It was previously reported that 800 churches and 53 mosques in the country had items taken from their churches.
Among the items stolen were 23 icons created by Dico Zograf, who is one of Macedonia’s most famous painters. Intelligence officials state that Zograf’s artwork can be sold for tens of thousands of dollars on the black market.
The art thieves generally target churches on the western part of Macedonia where the churches are located in remote villages. Out of the 201 churches and monasteries that are registered as national treasures, two-thirds of them are inadequately guarded without alarms or guards.
Experts believe that most of the illicit trade is organized in Albania, with the artifacts being sold to collectors in Western Europe and Russia.
Source: Associated Press, “Macedonia prey to global racket in holy icon theft,” Yahoo News, January 12, 2014.
According to statistics from the Ministry of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs, there were nearly 33,000 prostitutes working in Vietnam in 2013. The number of sex workers in Vietnam was 9 percent higher than the number working in 2012.
(Number of prostitutes in the world.)
The areas with the most prostitutes in Vietnam was in larger cities such as Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, and Hai Phong, and tens to be concentrated in tourist destinations. A large portion of the prostitutes are employed in legal establishments such as massage parlors, karaoke bars and hotels.
On average, a prostitute in Vietnam earns about $500 a month.
(More prostitution statistics.)
Source: “Vietnam’s sex industry soaring: ministry,” Than Nien Daily, January 12, 2014.