Corruption News

News about corruption activity worldwide. For key statistics and information, visit our What is Corruption? page.

Human traffickers were bringing illegal immigrants from Haiti into Chile. In the process of smuggling in the immigrants, the traffickers attempted to pay border officials $400 per immigrants in bribes. The border patrol officials instead started an undercover operations to break up the ring.

Court documents state that the traffickers were selling immigrants in Chile for $1,000.

(More profits from human trafficking.)

Source:  Charlotte Karrlsson-Willis, “Chilean authorities thwart human trafficking operation,” Santiago Times, February 22, 2013.

A former police office collects documents and applications for clients in order to help them obtain their drivers license at the traffic department. The man pays government officials between $10 to $20 in bribes in order to facilitate the paperwork. With the bribes, the client is able to receive his driver’s license at a much quicker rate, rather then waiting for several weeks, if not months if he didn’t pay the bribe.

For his service, the broker pockets between $20 to $40 for his service. In total, he is able to make up to $10,000 a year, twice the yearly salary of what he made as a police officer.

(More examples of government corruption.)

Source:  Kevin Sieff, “To cut Afghan red tape, bribery is the norm,” Washington Post, February 17, 2013.

According to the United Nations, the cost of corruption in Afghanistan in 2012 was $3.9 Billion. The amount of corruption is 40 percent higher than the 2009 figure.

Despite the higher figure, the total number of people paying bribes in Afghanistan was lower than the 2009 survey. 50 percent of survey respondents reported paying bribes in 2012, compared to 59 percent in 2009. However, those paying in 2012 said that they were paying bribes more frequently.

The biggest area where bribes were being paid was in the education sector. In 2009, just 16 percent of respondents said that they were bribing teachers. In 2012, the number of people bribing teaching was at 51 percent.

The price of an average bribe paid in the country was $214.

(More types of corruption impacting governments.)

Source:  “Afghanistan bribery cost ‘increases sharply’,” BBC News, February 7, 2013, and United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, “CORRUPTION IN AFGHANISTAN: RECENT PATTERNS AND TRENDS,”  February 2012.


A former head of the forest management board in a forest in Vietnam was sentenced to jail for 12 years for allowing loggers to illegally cut down trees and to smuggle the timber out of the forest.

The illegal loggers paid the official $2,300 (48 Million Vietnamese Dong) in bribes when they cut down trees between June 2010 to June 2011.

(Political corruption around the world.)

Source:  “Corrupt forest rangers jailed over illegal logging scheme,” VietNamNet, February 5, 2013.

In February 2013, Europol announced that it has discovered an international organized crime syndicate that was match fixing European Football games.

Police discovered that up to 380 matches played across Europe was fixed for illegal gambling purposes. The matches included World Cup Qualifiers, European Championship qualifies, two Champions League times and other top matches. The matches took place in 15 different countries.

Europol believes that a crime syndicate in Asia was behind the ring.

Up to $21.6 Million (€16 Million) in bets were placed on the fixed matches, with the criminals receiving $10.8 Million (€8 Million) in profits. The gamblers paid out $2.7 Million (€2 Million) in bribes to participants who were involved. Up to 425 match officials, club officials and players are believed to have been involved.

(More match fixing statistics.)

Source:  “Europol: investigators identify 380 fixed football matches,” Guardian, February 4, 2013.

The Bureau of Policy and Strategy of the National Anti-Corruption Commission in Thailand reported that it received 7,955 complaints of corruption in 2012.  The bureau estimates that the number of complaints will rise by 3,000 in 2013.

A survey bu the University of the Thai Chamber of Commerce found that corruption accounted for 30 to 35 percent of government spending. Up to $11 Billion (300 Billion Baht) is lost to corruption in Thailand, according to the report.

(Bribes paid by country.)

Source:  “Corruption index slightly improved,” Bangkok Post, January 31, 2013.

The Beijing Municipal Procuratorate reported that 58 percent of all cases investigated by prosecutors in Beijing during 2007 to 2012 were bribery cases involving government officials.

City prosecutors handled 1,883 corruption and bribery cases during the 5 year time period that involved 2,238 officials.

(See bribes paid around the world.)

Source:  Minnie Chan, “Beijing bribery cases up in 2012,” South China Morning Post, January 27, 2013.

Transparency International reported that around 20 million bribes are paid out to officials throughout the European Union.

8.1 million bribes were paid out in the medical services industry.

The European Commission estimates that the effects of corruption within the EU is around $159 Billion (€120 Billion), or 1 percent of the EU’s GDP.

(Bribes paid around the world.)

Source:  Andy Carlin, “EU corruption amounts to €120 billion in bribes a year,” New Europe, January 16, 2013.

A study by the opposition Green Party in Austria stated that corruption created a $22 Billion (€17 Billion) economic impact on the country’s economy. The effect of corruption was about 5 percent of Austria’s total economic output.

According to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, Austria has not convicted a single citizen for foreign bribery crimes since the country ratified the Anti-Bribery Convention in 1999.

Source: Jonathan Tirone, “Corruption Shaves 5% Off Austria’s Economy, Greens Say,” Bloomberg, January 9, 2013.

A report released by Transparency International stated that $2.7 Billion (€2.1 Billion) was paid out in bribes in Bangladesh between April 2011 to April 2012.  The amount of bribes paid out is equal to 13.6 percent of Bangladesh’s national budget.

According to their survey of 7,906 households, 63.7 percent of respondents reported having to pay a bribe in order to receive government services.

The average household paid $86 (€66) in bribes throughout the year, or a tenth of the average yearly salary in the country.

The highest rate of corruption was in the labor migration sector, with 77 percent of people seeking services was forced to pay a bribe. Law enforcement agencies had the next highest rate with 75.8 percent of people forced to pay bribes, followed by land administration with 59 percent, and judicial services with 57 percent.

Source:  Shaikh Azizur Rahman, “Bribery becomes a pricey commodity in Bangladesh,” Deutsche Welle, January 8, 2013.