1. Haiti $0.500 Billion ($500 Million)


  2. Black Market Crime in Haiti


Haiti Security Threats

Data and information about security threats from Haiti’s black market. Intelligence and security information collected from government agencies, news articles and other public data sources.

Haitian migrants are paying human smugglers between $1,000 to $1,500 to be smuggled into the US territory of Puerto Rico. The migrants are targeting the island because it is much easier to enter the United States illegally once they are in US territory.

(Prices charged by human smugglers.)

The United States Coast Guard stated that it has captured 352 Haitian migrants who were attempted to smuggle into Puerto Rico in the first half of 2013. In comparison, between October 2010 to September 2011, the US Coast Guard captured 13 Haitian migrants.

Source:  Associated Press, “More Haitians Using Puerto Rico As Migrant Route,” NPR, May 6, 2013.

Children in Haiti were being sold for as little as one euro in 2011 by parents to child traffickers.

Source: “Children in Haiti sold for as little as one euro,” Herald Sun, February 22, 2011.

An estimated 7,300 children have become victims of child trafficking between January and October 2010 as a result of the earthquake in Haiti. The children are believed to have been trafficked for sexual purposes.

In 2009, the year before the earthquake, an estimated 950 children were victims of human trafficking.

Source: Gerardo Reyes and Jacqueline Charles, “Trafficking, sexual exploitation of Haitian children in the Dominican Republic on the rise,” Miami Herald, October 23, 2010.

According to the United States Department of State, illegal drugs in Haiti is a $500 Million industry.

Source: Hillary Rodham Clinton, “International Donors Conference: Towards a New Future for Haiti,” US State Department, March 31, 2010.

Up to 9 percent of the cocaine entering the United States is believed to be trafficked through Haiti and the Dominican Republic.

(Additional cocaine facts and statistics.)

Source:  Chris Hawley, “Experts: Haiti chaos may lead to rise in drug trafficking,” Arizona Republic, February 8, 2010.

In the years before the 2010 earthquake that struck Haiti, an estimated 2,000 children  were believed to be victims of child trafficking and taken out of the country each year.

(More crimes in Haiti statistics.)

Source:  Kathryn Westcott, “Protecting Haiti’s children from ‘cowboy adoptions’,” BBC News, February 1, 2010.