News, information and statistics about black market crime in Israel. Data about security risks and threat assessments about crimes in Afghanistan are collected from public criminal justice information and intelligence reports.

The Government of Israel estimates that over 10,000 immigrants illegally entered the country in 2012. Criminal justice officials believe that most of the immigrants were from African countries such as Eritrea and Sudan.

Many of the immigrants hire the use of human smugglers to guide them across the Sinai peninsula, yet do not complete the journey. During the course of several years, over 500 remains of African migrants have been found the in the desert abandoned.

Source:  Adrian Kriesch, “Egypt’s chaos fuels Africa’s human trafficking,” Deutsche Welle, August 27, 2013.

During the first six months of 2013, immigration officials in Costa Rica identified 20 cases of human trafficking within the country.

9 victims were trafficked for sexual exploitations, and 7 were victims of organ trafficking.

People who sold their organs in Costa Rica received $20,000 for their organs and were transported to Israel for the operation.

(More prices of organs and kidneys on the black market.)

Source: “Costa Rica Reported 20 Human Trafficking Victims this Year,” Costa Rica News, July 21, 2013.

Police in Romania broke up a human-egg trafficking ring in February 2013. The traffickers would pay Romanian women between $800 to $1,100 (€600 to €800 Euros) for their eggs, and then sell it to couples in Israel for $5,339 (€4,000).

Source:  AFP, “Romania busts Israeli human egg-trafficking ring,” Google News, February 19, 2013.


At the start of 2013, there were an estimated 15,000 to 20,000 prostitutes working in Israel. The prostitution industry in the country is estimated to generate over $500 million.

Previously, the sex trade in Israel was estimated to be worth $2 Billion a year, with up to 3,000 women being trafficked in to the country. Israel passed an antitrafficking law in 2006 that caused the number of women being trafficked into the country to decline.

(Prostitute prices around the world.)

In 2013, most of the women in the sex trade are Israelis.

Source:  Isabel Kershner, “Prostitutes in Israel Are Finding New Lives in Training for the Fashion World,” New York Times, January 3, 2013.

A study by economists at the Open University stated that $2.8 Billion (11 Billion Shekel) is spent on illegal sports betting on the black market in Israel.

If the sports betting market was legalized in Israel, the study estimates that the government would be able to collect up to $$315 Million (1.2 Billion Shekel) in tax revenue.

The total illegal gambling market in Israel is estimated to be worth $4.1 Billion.

Source:  Moti Bassok, “Study: Legalized gambling in Israel would net NIS 1.2 billion in tax revenue,” Haaretz, December 10, 2012.

There are over 10,000 medical marijuana users in Israel, according to a press report by NPR.

In 2005, there were only a few hundred licensed medical marijuana users in the country.

The black market price of marijuana in Israel is reported to be $1.5 per gram.

Source: Lourdes Garcia-Navarro, “Medical Marijuana Use Sprouting In Israel,” NPR, July 4, 2012.

A study by the London Metropolitan University found that transnational organized crime groups are responsible for 80 percent of all crime committed online.

In addition, the President of INTERPOL stated that Europe loses up to $977 Billion (750 Billion Euros) a year to cybercrime, and that the country of Israel deals with over 1,000 cyber attacks every minute.

Source:  Associated Press, “Global police network Interpol to make war on cyber criminals a priority,” Washington Post, May 8, 2012.

Over 15,000 people are estimated to be working in the prostitution industry in Israel. Out of the total number of prostitutes, one-third, or 5,000 people, are believed to be minors.

Source:  Ruth Eglash, “Protests to call for criminalization of prostitution,” Jerusalem Post, February 3, 2012.

An NGO reported in 2011 that it has identified around 620 teenagers who are working as prostitutes in Israel. The organization, Elem, previously reported finding 126 teenage prostitutes in 2010 and said that the higher number was due to stepped up efforts.

75 percent of the minors were girls, 20 percent were boys, and the remaining 5 percent were transgender. The youngest prostitutes that were identified were 12.
Source: Dana Weiler-Polak, “NGO says teenage prostitution worsening in Israel,” Haaretz, November 28, 2011.

A kidney trafficker convicted in the United States was selling kidney transplants to customers for $120,000. He was paying the kidney seller in Israel $10,000 for their kidney.

(More prices that kidneys were sold on the black market.)

Source: Tina Susman, “Kidney “matchmaker” pleads guilty in organ trafficking case,” Los Angeles Times, Nation Now Blog, October 27, 2011.