Officials in Sweden reported that 177,000 authentic Swedish passports have been stolen or lost. Security officials state that many of these passports may have been sold on the black market to criminals.
According to intelligence agencies, Swedish passports are being sold on the black market for human trafficking purposes. These passports are being sold at prices of up to $12,200 (80,000 Swedish Kronor).
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Source: “Swedish passports hot property on black market,” The Local, April 12, 2014.
Previously, a reader submitted information about the price of marijuana in Stockholm, Sweden. In that data post, the reader explained the price structure of the marijuana market in Stockholm.
In a follow up submission, more information about the marijuana trafficking and growing operations that takes place in Sweden. According to our reader, Swedish marijuana is grown across the entire country. However, with criminal justice programs targeting growers in the major cities, more marijuana cultivation plants have moved to the countryside. There have also been reports of various organized crime groups being involved in large scale marijuana cultivation farms, such as the Vietnamese Mafia, Albanian and Kurdish gangs, as well as outlawed motorcycle gangs.
Marijuana that is trafficked into the country is brought in from Denmark, Germany and Poland. Small growers in Sweden are attempting to grow their own weed in order to lower the amount of marijuana that is trafficked by organized crime.
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Source: User submitted data, received by Havocscope on March 24, 2014.
A reader of Havocscope submitted the following information through our Submit Data form.
According to our reader, marijuana is sold for $15.56 to $18.67 (100 to 120 Swedish Krona). The marijuana is available for sale in bags filled with 4 to 5 grams of marijuana. The 4 gram bags are sold for 500 Krona ($77.80), and the 5 gram bags for 600 Krona ($93.36).
Back around 2005 or 2008, the price of marijuana in Stockholm increased from 500 Krona for 5 grams (100 kr per gram) to 600 Krona for 5 grams (120 kr per gram).
Wholesale prices for marijuana in Stockholm is between $3,900 to $6,260 (25,000 Krona to 40,000 Krona). 100 grams of marijuana is sold around $940 to $1,410 (6,000 to 9,000 Krona).
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Source: User Submitted Data, received by Havocscope on February 27, 2014. Updated on March 7, 2014.
Swedish Customs Officials state that up to 2,000 young puppies are illegally smuggled into Sweden each year. The dogs are bred Eastern European countries and then smuggled into Sweden in boxes and bags to avoid detection.
Animal welfare officials report that many of the puppies that are smuggled are chihuahuas, pugs and French bulldogs.
Source: “Puppy smuggling shows no signs of abating,” The Local, June 18, 2013.
Prosecutors in Sweden convicted 2 people for human trafficking in 2011. An additional 11 people were convicted for pimping that was connected to the trafficking charges. During the year, 450 men were convicted and fined for buying sex.
In 2012, there were 3 convictions for human trafficking and 32 for pimping.
Source: Joan Smith, “Why the game’s up for Sweden’s sex trade,” Independent, March 26, 2013.
A study published in the journal Science of the Total Environment, cocaine use in cities in Switzerland is among the highest in Europe.
Everyday, up to 1.5 grams of cocaine is consumed by every 1,000 citizens in the Swiss cities of Bern, Geneva, Lucerne and Zurich.
In other European cities such as Barcelona, London, Milan and Paris, between 0.5 to 1 grams of cocaine is used by every 1,000.
Norther European cities had the lowest reported levels of cocaine use, with Stockholm, Oslo and Helsinki registering 0.15 grams of cocaine use daily per 1,000 residents.
Across Europe, up to 356 kilograms of cocaine is consumed each day, which is 10 to 15 percent of the total global cocaine consumption.
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Source: AFP, “Cocaine use in Swiss cities among highest in Europe: report,” Google News, August 6, 2012.
A report by the Association for the Reintegration of Women in Prostitution (APRAMP) stated that 39 percent of Spanish men have paid for the services of a prostitute at least once.
Following Spain, the next four highest usage of prostitution by male citizens of the country were Switzerland (19 percent of men), Austria (15 percent), Netherlands (14 percent), and Sweden (13 percent).
An estimated 700,000 women work as prostitutes across the European Union.
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Source: “39% of Spaniards have hired the services of a prostitute,” Spanish Review, October 26, 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.
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Source: “World Drug Report 2011,” United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, June 2011, page 133.
The number of money laundering cases in Sweden increased by 30 percent in 2010 to 12,000 cases.
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Source: “Money laundering on the rise in Sweden,” The Local, April 29, 2011.
Police estimate that there are about 200 prostitutes working in Stockholm.
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Source: Atlka Shubert, “Sex trafficking: Countries take different approaches to same problem,” CNN, March 30, 2011.