On an average day in 2012, security agents in France seized $400,60 (€300,000) in cash that was being smuggled in order to avoid taxes. The amount seized in Franc in 2012 ws 50 percent higher than the amount of cash seized daily in 2011. In the first 3 months of 2013, customs agents in France seized $137 Million (€103 Million) in cash.
In Italy, $165 Million in bulk cash was seized at the country’s five main airports in 2012. In the first nine months of 2013, the security services of Italy were close to passing that figure for the year.
Between January and November 2013, Spanish enforcement agents seized $23 Million (€17.5) Million in cash.
The security services across the European Union state that the rise in cash smuggling seizures stems from the crackdown on tax evasion acticities. As countries such as Switzerland open up bank accounts to tax investigations, more people are attempting to move their assets by old-fashion means of trasnporting cash.
According to EU law, a traveler is allowed to carry up to €10,000 in cash.
Source: Doreen Carvajal and Raphael Minder, “European Borders Tested as Money Is Moved to Shield Wealth,” New York Times, November 3, 2013.
The Justice Minister of Cuba reported that the government convicted 224 people for pimping activities in 2012. Seven individuals were also arrested for abusing minors.
It was previously reported by media outlets that many tourists, particularly from Canada and Spain, travel to Cuba in order to have sex with underage children.
Source: Juan O. Tamayo, “Cuba’s Justice Minister says the government fights prostitution,” Miami Herald, October 16, 2013.
In the middle of 2013, security officials in Spain and other countries in Europe have reported an increase in migrants attempting to be smuggled into EU territory. Most of the migrants are departing from Morocco, where the distance to cross over the ocean is just 9 miles to reach the coast of Spain.
Due to the increase in illegal entry, there has been a rise in price for rubber dinghies in Morocc. In Spain, a dinghy costs $109, while in Morocco the cost is $680.
Source: Raphael Minder and Jim Yardley, “Desperation Fuels Trips of Migrants to Spain,” New York Times, October 4, 2013.
According to security officials in Peru, drug traffickers offer people between $6,670 to $9,300 (€5,000 to €7,000) to smuggle illegal drugs into Spain.
A kilogram of cocaine sells for $45,000 in Europe.
In 2012, at least 248 foreigners were arrested at Peru’s Lima airport attempting to smuggle drugs to the United States, Europe and Asia. 62 of the arrested drug smuggles were from Spain.
(Price of cocaine by country.)
Source: AFP, “Peruvian drug traffickers prey on young Europeans,” Google News, August 22, 2013.
A carton of cigarettes costs around 20 Euros in Gibraltar, a British territory located on the Southern end of Spain.
In Spain, that same carton of cigarettes is sold on the black market for double the price.
In a media report, cigarette smugglers stated that they are paid $13 (€10) per box oof 500 cigarettes. The smugglers use jet-skis to evade the police while smuggling the contraband into Spain.
Source: AFP, “Gibraltar chases sea-borne tobacco smugglers,” Google News, August 16, 2013.
In August 2013, a human smuggling gang operating in Spain and France was broken up by police. The smuggling gang was charging Chinese migrants over $53,000 (€40,000) per person to be smuggled into Europe. The migrants would eventually settle in the United Kingdom or the United States.
Included in the fee would be fake passports and instructions on how to act like a tourist to avoid extra attention at border checkpoints.
The $53,000 fee is in line with previous reports made by the United Nations on Drugs and Crime, which stated that Chinese migrants pay around $50,000 to be smuggled into the United States.
(See all human smuggling prices charged by smugglers.)
Source: “‘Human trafficking ring’ broken up,” BBC News, August 10, 2013.
Police agencies in Spain seized 20.7 tonnes of cocaine and 325.5 tonnes of hashish in 2012. The amount of cocaine seized was roughly 25 percent higher than the amount seized in 2011. The amount of hashish was down 8.5 percent from 2011.
The amount of cocaine seized in Spain represented 41 percent of all cocaine and 73 percent of all hashish seized in Europe in 2012.
Source: AFP, “Spain fights to lose status as drug gateway to Europe,” Google News, April 22, 2013.
In 2011, authorities in the European Union seized 2.1 million counterfeit toys. According to a breakdown by Toy News, five countries in the EU accounted for 57 percent of those seizures.
Top five EU member states where fake toys were seized in 2011:
1. Romania: 319,174 counterfeit toys seized.
2. Germany: 308,506 counterfeit toys seized.
3. France: 212,273 counterfeit toys seized.
4. Spain: 193,149 counterfeit toys seized.
5. Bulgaria: 181,838 counterfeit toys seized.
Source: Dominic Sacco, “Romania is counterfeit toy capital of Europe,” Toy News, April 18, 2013.
Security personnel at Madrid-Barajas Airport detained 398 people for attempting to smuggle drugs into Spain.
A total of 45 million passengers traveled through the airport in 2012.
Source: AFP, “Police seize cocaine in luggage at Madrid airport,” GlobalPost, March 20, 2013.
Electronic book piracy in Spain caused the book industry to lose up to $467 Million (€350 Million) in revenue, according to a report by the Federation of Publishers’ Associations and the ISBN Agency of Spain.
Book publishing in Spain is a €3 Billion industry.
Source: “Piracy Taking Big Bite out of Books in Spain?,” Digital Book World, January 22, 2013.