1. Argentina$1.068 Billion

  2. Black Market Crime in Argentina

Argentina Security Threats

Data and information about security threats from the black market in Argentina. Threat Assessments and security risks collected from intelligence and security agencies, news articles and other public information sources.

According to user submitted data to Havocscope, the cost to hire a prostitute at the strip club Black in Buenos Aires, Argentina costs over $300.

Based on the information submitted, the entry fee to enter the club is $30. While in the club, the cost to buy a drink for the women costs $100. Once a woman is selected, the customer pays the woman up to $200 for 3 hours to be spent at a hotel room.

In comparison, the price to have sex with a prostitute at a common brothel in Argentina is $50 for 30 minuets.

(See all prostitution statistics here.)

Source:  User Submitted Data, May , 2014.

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Criminal justice agencies in Bolivia recorded 35 human trafficking cases back in 2005. In 2012, the number of trafficking cases reported was 456.

In 2013, law enforcement reported 363 human trafficking cases across Bolivia, an increase of over 10 times from 2005.

Despite the number of cases handled by the criminal justice system, reports claim that there has not been a single prosecution conviction for human trafficking crimes.

Most of the victims in Bolivia are between the ages of 12 to 24.  The men who are trafficked are used in forced labor situations, while the women are forced to work as prostitutes. The victims are trafficked to Argentina, Brazil, Mexico and Spain.

Source:  Mimi Yagoub, “Human Trafficking Reports in Bolivia Rise 900% in 9 Years,” Insight Crime, April 4, 2014.

According to data released by criminal justice programs in Argentina, between 2009 and 2012, authorities in Argentina convicted 122 people for human trafficking crimes.

70 percent of the human trafficking incidents in the country were linked to drug trafficking activities.

50 percent of the victims were from Argentina, with 33 percent originating from Paraguay.

Roughly 25 percent of the victims were under the age of 18.

Source:  Miriam Wells, “Report Shows Dynamics Of Human Trafficking In Argentina,” Insight Crime, June 24, 2013.


The Argentine Prostitutes’ Association reports that 87 percent of sex workers in the country are single mothers.

Although prostitution is legal in Argentina, illegal brothels using human trafficking victims are reported in the country. In 2012, an anti-trafficking NGO assisted authorities in closing down 140 illegal brothels in Buenos Aires.

(Additional prostitution statistics here.)

Source:  Robert Radu, “Argentina’s prostitutes – mothers first, sex workers second,” Guardian, June 17, 2013.

According to the Office of Rescue and Support of Victims of Trafficking, 4,602 victims of human trafficking were rescued by the criminal justice system in Argentina between 2008 and April 2013.

1,568 victims were rescued in 2012, with 48 percent of the victims being sexually exploited. 54 percent of the victims were originally from foreign countries, and 13 percent of the victims in 2012 were under the age of 18.

The number of victims rescued in 2012 was  257 percent higher than the 439 victims rescued in 2009.

(Revenue and profits of traffickers.)

Source:  “Argentina: 4,602 human-trafficking victims rescued since 2008,” Infosurhoy, April 26, 2013.

In the first 7 months of 2012, criminal justice programs in Argentina rescued 712 human trafficking victims in over 300 raids across the country.85 percent of the victims were under the age of 18, and nearly 370 were originally from a foreign country.

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime estimates that up to 500,000 women are involved in human trafficking activities in Argentina.

Source:  Victoria Rossi, “Argentina Rescues 700 from Human Traffickers in 7 Months ,” InSight, August 21, 2012.

In the month of April 2012, authorities in Argentina rescued 176 people who were victims of human trafficking. The number of people rescued in the single month was higher then the total amount of victims rescued in the previous three months.

Human trafficking researchers state that the rise in human trafficking in Argentina is connected to the increase of drug trafficking in the country.

Source:  Guillermo Fontana, “South American bishops pledge to fight human trafficking,” CNN, May 30, 2012.

In 2011, around 2,400 people from foreign countries were arrested for crimes in Chile. 70 percent of those arrested and in the criminal justice system were for drug smuggling activities.

48 percent of the drug arrests were of people from Bolivia, 34 percent from Peru, and 8 percent of the foreign nationals were from Argentina.

In 2011, up to 5 percent of the jail population in Chile were of foreign nationals.

Source:  Struan Campbell Gray, “Drug trafficking is the main crime of foreign nationals in Chile,” Santiago Times, February 13, 2012.

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime reports that 700,000 people use cocaine in Argentina.

The number equals to 25 percent of all cocaine users in Latin America.

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Source: “World Drug Report 2011,” United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, June 2011, page 91.

Below are selected prices that are paid to professional assassins by criminal organizations and drug cartels for a contract hit.

In Australia, the median price to hire a hit man is $13,610 (9,800 Euros), with the price going up to $83,000 (60,000 Euros) based on the task.

In Mexico, the cost for a low level assassin is $208 (150 Euros), and up to $20,832 (15,000 Euros) for a higher profile target like a police chief.

The prices paid in Argentina are between $3,749 (2,700 Euros) to $5,555 (4,000 Euros) per hit.

Government statistics in Spain state that 40 assassinations take place each year, with prices for the hit ranging between $27 (20 Euros) to $69,000 (50,000 Euros).

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Source: Virdiana Ross, “Mexico: Assassins on the ‘Cheap’,” International Relations and Security Network, October 11, 2010.