The Associated Press quoted a 19 year old woman who was offering sex for $7 at a refugee camp in Jordan. The woman stated that she averages $70 per day selling her body. A man also told the AP that he was offering his wife for $70 for the entire day.
There was also a report of a man at the camp selling his daugther outright to another man for $2,000.
(Additional prostitute prices worldwide.)
Source: Associated Press, “Desperate, some fleeing Syria turn to prostitution,” Yahoo News, March 8, 2013.
Jordan’s National Library Department Director General reported to the media that pirated Play Station games were the most common smuggled item from Syria into the country in 2012. After pirated video games, the popular pirated items were DVDs, music discs and software.
Due to the conflict in Syria, the smuggling of pirated goods into Jordan dropped significantly in the first three months of 2013.
Source: ”Jordanians go without their beloved pirated DVDs due to Syrian war,” AL Bawaba, April 7, 2013.
The National Library Department reported that up to 25 percent of software used in computer labs at small to medium sized private schools in Jordan are pirated copies.
Across the entire country, the piracy rate of software in 2011 was reported to be 58 percent.
In the first month of 2013, over 95 cases of intellectual property violations of software was refereed to the court system.
Source: “Jordan to continue crackdown on pirated software,” Al Bawaba, February 18, 2013.
In 2012, intellectual property officials and trademark attorneys seized over 185,000 pirated DVDs, CDs and books in Jordan. 467 IP violations were sent to the court system, with 55 cases involving the sale of pirated Microsoft programs.
Authorities stated that most of the pirated software in Jordan is smuggled into the country from Syria. Due to the ongoing conflict in Syria in 2012, the rate of pirated software being smuggled into Jordan dropped by 70 percent.
Source: Mohammad Ghazal, “Pirated software smuggling from Syria declined in 2012,” Jordan Times, January 29, 2013.
Finance officials in Jordan estimate that tax evasion in the country causes losses of $1.1 Billion (800 Million Jordanian Dinar).
Source: Petra, “Finance minister puts Jordan’s tax evasion at JD800 million,” Jordan Times, June 26, 2012.
In 2011, authorities in Jordan seized over 524 tons of illicit drugs such as cocaine, hashish, heroin and opium. Also seized was 9 million pills of Captagon, a stimulant drug prescribed to children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Captagon is the most common type of narcotic that is smuggled into the country.
Source: Zain Khasawneh, “‘Drug, arms smuggling increased fivefold in 2011’,” Jordan Times, February 3, 2012.
Authorities in Jordan uncovered 80 cases of organ trafficking in 2007.
Source: AFP, “Jordan charges 11 ‘organ traffickers’,” Google News, September 30, 2009.
A pharmaceutical company in Jordan reported to the European Union that counterfeit drugs makes up to 10 percent of all medicine sales within the country.
Source: “Jordan: IPR Enforcement Report 2009,” European Trade Commission, June 25, 2009.