In 2012, anti-trafficking groups in Latvia rescued 30 human trafficking victims across the country. 25 victims were women and 5 were men, according to statistics.
16 of the trafficking victims were involved in forced marriages, 7 were victims of forced labor, and 7 were victims of sexual exploitations.
Source: “30 trafficking victims registered in Latvia in 2012,” Baltic Course, February 4, 2013.
Illegal tobacco in Latvia make up between 24.6 percent to 28.5 percent of the total cigarette market in the country. Authorities in the country remove around 16 percent of the smuggled cigarettes from the market each year.
In 2010, state authorities seized 94 million cigarettes off of the black market. In the first half of the 2011, agents seized 54 million smuggled cigarettes. The contraband cigarettes seized in 2011 was worth $11 Million (8.1 Million Euros) in state taxes.
Source: Nina Kolyako, “Black market for cigarettes at 25-28% in Latvia in H1,” Baltic Course, October 24, 2011.
Along with the Czech Republic, Nordic countries have a high rate of addicts receiving drug treatment for use of amphetamines.
The Czech Republic, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Sweden and Finland have between 57 percent of 82 percent of all drug treatment residents being addicted to amphetamines, according to the United Nations.
Source: “World Drug Report 2011,” United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, June 2011, page 133.