Profits from the Business of Crime and Illegal Jobs

Listed below are profits and income generated by illegal jobs that generate income from the black market.The data regarding the illegal jobs and the cash that drug dealers, pimps, and other illegal business practices earn is based upon public documents. Click on the figure to see the source of the numbers.

All profits from crime and black market criminal activities is listed in US dollars.

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  1. Afghanistan – Taliban$200 Million a year from Opium
  2. Antique Looter1 percent of final sale price
  3. Asian Massage Parlor – New Jersey, United States$108,000 per year
  4. Asian Massage Parlor – Washington DC, United States$1.2 Million per year
  5. Assassin – Colombia$600 monthly retainer, $3,000 per hit
  6. Assassin – Mexico$3,000 to teenagers
  7. Bootlegger – Pakistan$4,000 per year
  8. Bride Trafficker Broker – Cambodia$1,500 per bride
  9. Child Beggar – Pakistan$1.88 to $2.36 per day
  10. Child Beggar – Thailand$20 per day
  11. Child Begging Ring – China$40,000 per year
  12. Child Begging Ring – Saudi Arabia$15,000 per month
  13. Child Prostitute – New Zealand$496 to $662 per day
  14. Cigarette Smuggler – Mali$200 per trip, $2,000 if cocaine
  15. Cigarette Smuggling – USA$500,000 from One Run
  16. Cigarette Truck Unloader – Indian Reservation, USA$200 per truck
  17. Coal Mining – Mexico$25 Million by Los Zetas
  18. Coca Farmer – Peru$9,860 per year, $1,554 growing coffee
  19. Cockfighting – Management of Matches$2,000 a day
  20. Cockfighting – Prize Money for Winning Rooster$15,000
  21. Counterfeit Dollars – Peru$20,000 for every $100,000 in fakes
  22. Counterfeit Drug Seller$450,000 based on $1,000 investment
  23. Crystal Meth Smuggler – Indonesia$311 per trip
  24. Custom Officials – Mexico$1 Million per shipment passed through

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  1. Driver License Broker – Afghanistan$10,000 per year
  2. Drug Dealer – Rio de Janeiro$15 Million in Favelas
  3. Drug Mule – Indonesia$15,000 to swallow 76 capsules of heroin
  4. Drug Mule – Panama$5,000 per trip
  5. Drug Mule – Paraguay Local$200 per trip
  6. Drug Mule – Paraguay Tourist$3,970 per trip
  7. Drug Mule – Teen in Mexico$50 to $100 per trip across border
  8. Drug Smugglers – Guatemala$600 Million to $800 Million per year
  9. Extortionist – Guatemalan Prison $6,000 a week
  10. Extortionist Gang – Colombia$100,000 per month
  11. Fake Degrees – Europe$50 Million per year to 15,000 customers
  12. Fake Degrees Online Website$5 Million in 9 years
  13. Fake Viagra Seller- South Korea$0.84 per tablet
  14. Football Match Fixing Syndicate$15 Billion per year
  15. Gambling Runners – Singapore$1,957 per day handling bets
  16. Gold Smuggler – India$33.50 for 10 grams
  17. Gun Straw Purchasers – United States$500 per gun for Mexican Drug Cartel
  18. Heroin Dealer – Ireland$694 per week
  19. High Class Escort – Florida, United States$80,000 a month
  20. Human Smugglers – Indonesia$1 Million per boat to Australia
  21. Human Smugglers – South Korea$2,500
  22. Human Trafficker – Canada$79,380 per year
  23. Human Trafficker – New York City$100,000 per year
  24. Human Trafficker – United Kingdom$77,000 per year
  25. Human Trafficker – Vietnam$470 to move victim to China
  26. Human Trafficking Broker – Bangladesh$1,638 per girl
  27. Human Trafficking Broker – Ireland$394 per child
  28. Kidnappers – Virtual Kidnappers$1,000 to $3,000 per ransom
  29. Legal Brothel Owner40 to 50 percent of sex workers earnings
  30. Logger – Madagascar$1.33 per kilo for illegal timber
  31. Marijuana Plant – United States$2,200
  32. Meth Trafficking – Thailand$168 per trip
  33. Money Launderer – Mexico15 cents to each dollar laundered
  34. Money Mule – United Kingdom8 percent of cash laundered
  35. Oil Thieves – Nigeria$6,098 per day
  36. Online Dating Scammers – Ivory Coast$13,000 a month
  37. Online Drug Dealer$3 Million for Top Seller on Silk Road
  38. Online Extortion$500 to $15,000 in “sextortion”
  39. Online Game Hacker$16,000 a month in China
  40. Online Streaming Website$4.4 Million for largest sites
  41. Opium Farmer – Afghanistan$4,900 vs $770 for wheat farmer
  42. Opium Farmer – Myanmar$6 per day vs. $1.20 for rice
  43. Opium Farmer – Students$15 to $20 per day during season
  44. Organ Trafficker – Turkey$10,000 profit

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  1. Passport Seller – Thailand$200 to sell own passport
  2. Pickpockets – Barcelona, Spain$6,132 per week
  3. Pimp$67,200 per year
  4. Pimp – Child Pimp in Indonesia$3,000 a month
  5. Pirate – Somalia$30,000 to $75,000 per hijacking
  6. Pirated Book Seller – Mumbai, India$2 per book
  7. Pirated DVD Seller – Los Angeles$50,000 a month
  8. Pirated DVD Seller – Mexico$2 Million per day
  9. Pirated Movie Uploader$1 to $2 per 1,000 views
  10. Poppy Farmer – Afghanistan$10,000 per year, $120 if wheat
  11. Prison Guard – United States$3,000 to $5,000 Smuggling Contraband
  12. Prostitute – Brazil$100,000 (High-End Prostitute)
  13. Prostitute – Calcutta, India$1.85 a day
  14. Prostitute – Cannes, France$40,000 a night
  15. Prostitute – Jamaica$470 per day
  16. Prostitute – Java, Indonesia$952 per month
  17. Prostitute – Kuwait$570 per month
  18. Prostitute – Male Prostitute in LondonHigh of $49,000
  19. Prostitute – Orange Country, California$700 a day
  20. Prostitute – Pennsylvania, United States$20,000 a week
  21. Prostitute – South Korea$70 per session
  22. Prostitute – UgandaUp to $500 a night
  23. Prostitute – Washington, DC$500 per day
  24. Prostitutes – Filipino Women in Japan$150 Million a year
  25. Ransomware$5 Million a year
  26. Roma Thief$7,000 a month
  27. Spam Sellers – Russia$60 Million a year
  28. United States Workers$2 Trillion Not Reported to IRS