In a report released by the Attorney General of the US State of California, researchers stated that organized crime groups were committing money laundering, cyber crimes, human trafficking, and drugs and arms trafficking through the border between San Diego and Mexico.

According to the report, approximately 70 percent of all the methamphetamine that is shipped to the United States passed through San Diego.

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Between 2010 and 2012, at least 1,300 people were identified by security officials as being trafficked through San Diego. An up to 250,000 weapons are smuggled across the border between the two countries each year.

(Cost of an AK-47 and guns on the black market.)

Source:  Roxana Popescu, “State focusing on cross-border trafficking and financial crime,” UT San Diego, March 18, 2014.

In 2013,  criminal justice programs in Scotland identified a total of 99 people who were referred to agencies as potential human trafficking victims. Out of that total, 22 victims were under the age of 18.

The number of human trafficking victims in Scotland is increasing based on previous data. During a two year period from April 2009 to November 2011, a total of 74 peopel, with 19 being children, were identied as trafficking victims in Scotland.

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Source:  Reevel Alderson, “Bill to make Scotland ‘hostile’ for people traffickers,” BBC News, March 17, 2014.

The Venezuelan Association of Cosmetic Surgeons estimates that 2,000 women in the country receive butt injections on the black market each month. According to an interview with a doctor who provides the service, the cost to receive a black market butt injection in Venezuela is about $300.

In 2013, there were 17 deaths in Venezuela related to illegal butt injections.

Illegal butt injections is also occurring in the United States, as deaths from the black market injections have been reported in the states of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Nevada, New York and Pennsylvania. The cost to get a butt injection in the United States is between $1,500 to $2,000.

Source:  Alex Greig, “Meet the Venezuelan doctor who performs illegal, cut-rate injections on women who desperately want bigger butts,” Daily Mail, March 15, 2014.

Police in Indonesia broke up a prostitution ring that was operating on the social media site Facebook.

Jakarta police stated that the ring was offering prostitutes to customers through the use of a Facebook account. Undercover officers posed as a customer and arrested the women and driver who showed up at the hotel.

According to police, the ring charged the undercover officer $70 (800,000 Indonesian Rupiah) for the appointment at a hotel.

(More illegal prostitute prices worldwide.)

Source:  “Jakarta Police Bust Facebook Prostitution Ring,” Jakarta Globe, March 14, 2014.

According to various news reports, a man from Lebanon was offering people up to $55,000 if they were a match for a liver transplant.

The man, reportedly a mayor from a Lebanon city, arraigned for various people to have a liver compatibility test in Valencia, Spain. The tests reportedly cost $16,000 to conduct. After a match was found, the mayor reportedly offered up to $55,000 to the person in order for the liver transplant operation to take place.

Due to the ban on paying for organ transplants, the operation did not take place.

(More prices of black market organs and kidneys for sale.)

Source:  Al Goodman, “Lebanese mayor arrested in Spain, accused of attempted organ trafficking,” CNN, March 12, 2014.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Criminal justice officials 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, Chinese security services 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.

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Source:  Edward Wong, “Red Lights Dim in China’s Sin City,” New York Times, March 6, 2014.