In the first ten months of 2013, authorities in Ireland seized 929 liters of counterfeit alcohol across the country. In 2012, the number of fake alcohol bottles that were seized total 232. Vodka was reported to be the most counterfeited bottle in 2013.
Security services state that counterfeiters use legitimate alcohol bottles when making counterfeits. The real bottles are taken from recycling centers or directer from bars and pubs. The bottles are then filled with raw alcohol and then diluted with water to achieve a 37.5 to 40 percent alcohol by volume.
Although bootleg alcohol seizures increased in 2013, the number of cigarette packs seized from the black market decreased in Ireland. In 2012, a total of 95 million cigarettes were seized across Ireland. In 2013, the number of smuggled cigarettes seized decreased to 37.7 million.
Source: Kitty Holland, “Bootleg alcohol seizures rise dramatically,” Irish Times, December 28, 2013.
Women from at least 32 different countries were working as prostitutes in Ireland in 2012, according to an outreach support organization. Most of the migrant women were working at indoor brothels.
In 2011, women from 31 different countries were identified as prostitutes in Ireland.
(Number of prostitutes by country.)
Source: “Working prostitutes from 32 nations,” Independent, November 7, 2013.
Security officials in Ireland reported that 45 people were identified in 2012 as being trafficked into the country.
31 of the human trafficking victims were women. 23 of the victims were children.
Out of the total number of victims, 39 were trafficked for sexual exploitation, with the remaining six victims trafficked for labor purposes.
In 20111, authorities identified 57 human trafficking victims in Ireland. From 2010 to 2012, there were over 200 victims identified.
Source: “45 people, including 23 children, were trafficked into Ireland last year,” Journal.ie, September 27, 2013.
According to security officials and media reports, a prostitution ring operated by Romanians is controlling the prostitution trade in the city of Limerick, Ireland.
The ring was charging customers between $107 to $133 (€80 to €100) for a half-hour of sex when the customers booked online. When women were soliciting customers on the streets of Limerick, the going rate for a half hour of sex was between $40 to $66 (€30 – €50).
The prostitutes are reportedly able to make anywhere from $669 to $$1,338 (€500 to €1,000) a night. The girls are able to keep roughly 20 percent of the revenue, with the rest being used to pay for accommodations and profits sent to the leaders of the ring.
(More prices charged by prostitutes worldwide.)
Source: Kathryn Hayes, “Romanians behind city vice racket,” Independent, August 25, 2013.
Between January and July 2013, authorities in Ireland seized 840 liters of counterfeit alcohol across the country.
Officials state that most of the organized crime groups involved in the production of counterfeit alcohol also are invovled in cigarette smuggling.
Source: “‘Unscrupulous pub owners’ selling dangerous counterfeit alcohol,” Journal, August 6, 2013.
A Chinese national who was directing children to human trafficking groups was reportedly being paid up to $394 (€300) for each child that he provided.
(More earnings from the underground economy.)
Source: “Human trafficking ‘fixer’ was paid €300 per child,” Irish Examiner, July 19, 2103.
In the first half of 2013, environmental officials in Ireland recovered 400 tons of waste that was illegally dumped by organized crime groups in Ireland. The waste was used to create white fuel that was used by drivers, and included ingredients such as sulfuric acid, cat litter, charcoal, and sand.
In 2012, officials seized 445 tons throughout the entire year.
Across the country, police discovered 11 illegal oil and fuel producing plants in 2012. The fuel smuggling operations was estimated to have cost the government up to $130 Mill lion (€100 Million) in tax revenue.
Source: Stephen Breen, “Smuggling gangs take us for fuels,” Irish Sun, July 15, 2013.
Between 2009 and 2011, anti-money laundering officials in Ireland received 38,984 suspicious transactions reports. 80 percent of the reports dealt with domestic tax issues and social welfare issues.
During the three year period, 10 people have been convicted for money laundering cases in Ireland.
Between 2003 to 2011, a total of 98,000 suspicious transactions were reported to authorities.
Source: Conor Ryan, “40,000 tip-offs on dirty money offences,” Irish Examiner, July 8, 2013.
Authorities in Ireland conducted 5,580 seizures of counterfeit goods in the country in 2012. The fake goods seized had a value of $7 Million (€5.4 Million).
During the first quarter of 2013, authorities seized 1,540 counterfeit goods worth $1 Million (€819,684).
Source: Michelle Hennessy, “Over 1,500 seizures of counterfeit goods have been made already this year,” Journal, May 27, 2013.
The prostitution industry in Ireland is estimated to generate up to $326 Million (€250 Million) per year.
(Prostitution revenue by country.)
Source: Ailin Quinlan, “Prostitution in Ireland: Selling your body and your soul,” Irish Examiner, May 5, 2013.