A study by the International Tax and Investment Centre and Oxford Economics found that 900 million cigarettes were bought on the black market in Singapore. The amount of tax revenue lost to the government was estimated to be around $276 Million (347 Million Singaporean Dollars).
Based on the total amount of cigarettes smoked in Singapore, roughly one in four cigarettes smoked in 2012 was purchased on the black market.
Security agencies arrested 6,248 people for buying illegal cigarettes in 2012, an increase from the 5,977 arrested in 2011.
Source: Joyce Lim, “1 in 4 cigarettes in Singapore illegal,” Asian One, September 29, 2013.
An online prostitution syndicate that was broken up by police was found to have been charging customers $111 to $119 (140 to 150 Singaporian Dollars) for a 90 minuet session.
The syndicate recruited women from Thailand and operated an apartment in Singapore. If the pimps paid for the woman’s travel to Singapore, then the woman’s earnings from the first 20 customers would be kept by the group. After the 20th customer, then the woman and the house would split the earnings in half.
(Cost to hire a prostitute.)
Source: Kimberly Spykerman, “Online prostitution syndicate mastermind pleads guilty to offences,” Channel News Asia, September 26, 2013.
Four men were sentenced to 3 months in jail for having sex with an underage prostitute. According to court records, the men paid between $47 to $55 (60 to 70 Singapore Dollars) to have sex with a girl who was 17 at the time.
The group of men are part of a group of 24 men who have been charged with having sex with the minor. The girls is scheduled to face trial in the coming months.
(Additional prices of prostitutes worldwide.)
Source: “Four more jailed for paid sex with underage girl,” Channel News Asia, September 12, 2013.
A report by an online advertising and Internet security firm stated that up to $9.5 Billion in online advertising in 2013 could be wasted by displaying ads to bot traffic.
Up to 46 percent of Web-based ad impressions in 2013 could be displayed to suspicious and malicious traffic that is controlled by botnets. 35 percent of mobile-based ad impressions may be bots as well, according to Solve Media.
In 2012, the rate of ad impression for the web and mobile was 43 percent and 22 percent.
The report stated that the highest levels of suspicious traffic for Web-based ads originated from China, Venezuela and Ukraine. For mobile-based ads, the bot traffic originated from Singapore, Macau and Qatar.
In the United States, 44 percent of web-based ad impressions was considered suspicious in the second quarter of 2013, and 22 percent for mobile-based ads.
Source: Brian Donohue, “Report: Online Ads Waste $9.5B in 2013,” Threatpost, September 9, 2013.
Between 2010 to 2012, financial crimes investigators and regulators fined 22 financial institutions for lax anti-money laundering policies and efforts to combat terrorism financing.
The Monetary Authority of Singapore conducted 108 on-site inspections of financial firms and issued 47 warnings and reprimands.
13 money changers and remittance agents were not allowed to renew their licenses during this time period.
(Latest money laundering cases.)
Source: “22 financial institutions fined over last 3 years for weak anti-money laundering controls,” Channel NewsAsia, July 12, 2013.
125 fishermen in Singapore was fined in 2012 for illegal fishing activities across the country.
91 people were fined for fishing in non-fishing designated areas, and 34 people were fined for using live bait. Fishing with live bait is not allowed in Singapore due to safety and environmental concerns.
The National Water Agency stated that recreational fishing is rising in popularity in Singapore.
Source: “125 fined for illegal fishing activities in 2012,” Channel NewsAsia, May 26, 2013.
Customs Officials across Europe seized 2.1 million fake toys in 2011. The number of counterfeits seized was 68 percent less than the 6.7 million counterfeit toys seized EU borders in 2010.
42,967 of the toys were seized in the United Kingdom.
87 percent of the seized toys originated from China, followed by 10 percent from Hong Kong and 0.64 percent from Singapore.
Source: Dominic Sacco, “Customs seize fewer fake toys,” Toy News, March 18, 2013.
Between 2010 and 2011, lawyers in Singapore convicted 44 individuals for violating anti-money laundering policies, according to the Commercial Affairs Department.
During that same time period, $10.9 Million (130 Million Singaporean Dollars) in criminal proceeds were seized by police and law enforcement officials during criminal investigations.
Source: “Singapore tough on money laundering,” Asia One, November 13, 2012.
Between 2000 and 2010, over 54,000 wild birds were trafficked through the Solomon Islands and into the global wildlife trade, according to wildlife monitoring organization Traffic. Many of the birds, such as parrots and cockatoos, are not native to the islands and are believed to have been smuggled into the country.
93 percent of the birds during the time period were imported to Malaysia and Singapore.
Source: AFP, “Wild birds ‘smuggled through Solomon Islands’,” Google News, July 17, 2012.
An article by the AFP reported that runners for illegal gambling rings can make between $1,566 to $2,349 (2,000 to 3,000 Singapore Dollars) a day handling bets.
(More under the table jobs.)
Source: AFP, “From Euros, to dollars, to Asian match-fixing,” Dawn, June 24, 2012.