Human smuggling brings world to US-Mexico border

Between 2007 and 2009, US Border Patrol Agents apprehended 2, 285 illegal immigrants from China attempting to enter the United States from the US-Mexico border. In addition to the Chinese, those apprehend by Border Patrol included nearly a thousands people from Europe, 80 from Pakistan, 36 from Somalia, 19 from Yemen, 25 from Iraq and 26 from Iran.

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Ak-47 prices in Somalia markets

Reuters compiled a price list of various weapons and guns that are available in markets in Mogadishu, Somalia.
According to the report, a counterfeit version of the AK-47 made in India is sold for $140. A higher quality version of the AK-47 made in North Korea sells fro $600, with an original Russian AK-47 selling for $400. In addition, hand grenades are available for $25 each.

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Laundering of Payments by Sea Pirates

Kidnap for ransom payments made to pirates in Somalia are difficult to track due to the payments being made in cash, according to the BBC. An estimated $80 million in ransom payments are believed to have been laundered by organized crime syndicates in the Gulf region, but this has been denied by Gulf authorities.

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Somali Pirates Made $50 Million in 2008 From Ransom Payments

The Somali Pirates who hold ships for ransom off the coast of Somalia are reported to have made up to 50 million dollars last year in ransom payments. According to a report in the Washington Post, those pirates who are able to get paid are living a life of luxury in the poverty stricken country.

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