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In an example of the amount of bribes that are paid out in Indonesia, the Chief Justice of the country’s constitutional court was arrested in 2-13 after accepting a bribe of more than $250,000. The bribe was paid out in regards to a disputed election case.

In another example, the head of the oil and gas regulator was arrested in Jakarta after receiving over $600,000 in bribe money.

And a former traffic police chief was arrested with $18 Million in assets despite his official salary of $1,000 a month.

(More cases of political corruption and its impact.)

Source:  AFP, “Top Indonesian judge arrested for alleged bribery,” Global Post, October 3, 2013.

During the time span of 2007 to September 2013, the Institute of Public Safety reported that up to 35,000 people went missing in the city of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil.

Security analysts and human rights organizations claim that the numbers are vague and that corrupt police agencies in the city do not actively investigate the disappearances.

Source:  Julia Carneiro, “Amarildo: The disappearance that has rocked Rio,” BBC News, September 13, 2013.

According to government estimates, the population of 17 million in Delhi requires 1.025 billion gallons of water a day. Due to limitations in water pipes and supply, there is a water shortage of 207 million gallons every day.

The shortages has led to a black market where private tankers to bring in water from neighboring areas and wells. In one neighborhood, the quoted price of bringing a water tank to a neighborhood was $23.71 (1,500 Indian Rupees) in the winter and $47.41 (3,000 Rupees) for the summer.

Another tank operator, who charges $47.41 (3,000 Rupees) for a 5,000 liter tanker, told the media that he pays $157 to $473 (10,000 to 30,000 Rupees) to police in bribes when he is stopped driving his tanker.

The Delhi government is only able to account for 37 percent of the water supply and does not know where the remaining 63 percent ends up. Security and financial officers estimate that black market water sellers in India could be making millions of dollars each year.

(Effects of corruption on governments worldwide.)

Source:  Sai Mahish, “Black Market for Water Expands in Delhi,” New York Times, India Ink, September 18, 2013.


In the first 6 months of 2013, criminal justice programs in Pakistan reported there were 74 kidnapping for ransom cases in the Pakistani city of Karachi.

In 2012, there were a total of 132 people who were kidnapped for ransom in the city.

The Pakistani Supreme Court conducted an investigation and found that many kidnapping gangs in the country has sources and connections with the police and financial industry. (More examples of police corruption here.)

A reported 25 percent of police officers are estimated to have either been directly involved in kidnapping or assist the kidnappers in some fashion.

Along with the police, domestic servants and other low level workers for successful families are invoked in tipping off kidnappers. These workers are generally paid between 5 to 10 percent of the ransom.

(Additional prices and earnings on the black market.)

Source:  Javed Mirza, “Kidnapping for ransom big business in Karachi,” The News, August 31, 2013.

In 2012, federal police in Brazil conducted 289 operations against bribery crimes. During the course of their investigations, authorities arrested 1,600 people that included 100 public officials.

Criminal justice programs in Brazil report that the conviction rate for bribes increased 30 percent between 2008 and 2012.

(See all government corruption data here.)

Source:  Anthony Boadle, “Brazil enacts tough anti-bribery law required by OECD,” Reuters, August 2, 2013.

An official with the Chinese Pharmaceutical Enterprises Association stated that the cost of bribes generally makes up to 20 percent of the total cost of a medicine in China.

In total, costs associated to sales expenses contributes to 30 to 40 percent of the total cost of a drug. The illegal payments of bribes is included in that percentage.

(Effects of corruption on the economy.)

Source:  “Bribery increases medicine prices by 20 pct: expert,” People’s Daily Online, July 29, 2013.

Law enforcement agencies in China investigated 13,842 people on suspicion of government corruption, according to state media.

The majority of the cases involved investigations in to embezzlement of public funds, which accounted for 9,747 cases.

The amount of bribes that were paid to officials in the cases investigated by prosecutors totaled $287 Million (1.77 Billion Yuan.)

Source:  “13,800 investigated for corruption harming public interests,” Xinhua, July 22, 2013.

A human smuggler in Thailand can make a profit of $320 (10,000 Thai Baht) for each Myanmar adult that is smuggled into Thailand. The profit is based after the costs that the smuggler must pay, such as bribes and costs associated with operating their boat.

The costs of the bribes when paying police and security service officials are as follows:

Thai navy boats usually earn about $65 (2,000 baht) for allowing a smuggling boat to pass through without action, and police in Thailand collect $160 (5,000 baht) for each migrant, or $6,100 (500,000 baht) for a boat filled with 100 migrants.

(More corruption in police services here.)

Source:  Padang Besar, “Thai authorities implicated in Rohingya Muslim smuggling network,” Reuters, July 17, 2013.

In 2013, the effects of corruption in the Russian military was reported to be $130 Million (4.4 Billion Russian Rubles), according to the Prosecutors General’s Office. The costs of corruption was 450 percent higher than the year before.

Every fifth crime that takes place within the armed forces of Russia and is investigated by officials is a corruption case.

The number of fraud cases also increased by 50 percent in 2013.

Source:  “Corruption Up 450% in a Year in Russian Military – Prosecutors,” RIA Novosti, July 11, 2013.

In 2012, one out of 20 people claimed to have paid a bribe during the year to access public services, according to a report by Transparency International. Back in 2010, the bribery rate in the UK was one in 100.

In the breakdown, it was reported that one in five people who came in contact with the judicial system in the UK paid a bribe, and one in 10 paid bribes to obtain licenses and permits for land issues.

8 percent of UK citizens paid a bribe to a police officer, and 7 percent paid a bribe to educational officials. Four percent paid bribes to tax and customs officials, and 3 percent paid bribes to medical workers and utility companies.

(More examples of the types of corruption impacting governments.)

Source:  Jonathan Owen, “Britain’s bribery boom: One in 20 has bribed a public official as corruption rises,” Independent, July 8, 2013.