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Customers in Phomh Phen, Cambodia are able to buy fake car license plates from street vendors in the capital.

The price for a fake license costs between $4.50 to $10. A typical Royal Cambodian Armed Forces plate costs $6.50, and is available within the day.

On average, the vendor reports having between 5 to 10 customers each day, with heavy days seeing up to 30 customers. The most popular types of fake license plates are of the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces or the police. Other types of plates available are non-government organizations, military police and even press plates assigned to the media.

The vendor pays Cambodian authorities $2.50 every day in bribes in order to allow his business to continue.

Many customers purchase the fake plates in order to avoid safety inspections and to avoid the lengthy and costly process of registering their vehicle or motorbike. A motorbike operator stated that if he went through legitimate channels, the cost to get his license plate would be $35 and would take 30 days. By buying the fake plate, he pays $5 and receives the plate in hours.

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Source: Buth Reaksmey Kongkea, “Vendors with a licence to forge,” Phnom Phen Post, June 27, 2014.

A reporter with the New York Daily News was bought a fake New York ID card in 90 minuets in Roosevelt Avenue in the NYC borough of Queens.

The reporter paid $10 for her picture to be taken, and the $150 to receive the fake id card.

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Police and other security experts in the city  state that the area of Roosevelt Ave. in Queens is considered to be a hotspot for counterfeit ids, fake green cards and fake passports. According to data released by the Queens District Attorney’s office, there were 273 arrests for creating of possessing fake id documents such as green cards, Social Security cards and fake passports. In 2013, there were 250 arrests. In the first 5 months of 2014, police arrests 130 people for fake documents.

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Source:  Corinne Lestch, “Daily News reporter easily snags fake ID in Queens hotspot for phony documents,” New York Daily News, May 31, 2014.

Security agents in Germany broke up a human smuggling ring that were bringing in people to Germany with the use of dead people’s passports.

According to the Associated Press, the ring were charging people from Syria and other countries up to $6,830 (€5,000) for passports of dead people. These passports would be used to gain entry into Germany. While raiding several buildings in Berlin, police found passports from Germany, Morocco, and Egypt.

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Source:  Associated Press, “German funeral home sold passports of the dead,” Yahoo News May 15, 2014.

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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.

In a report by NBC News, an illegal passport broker offered the reporter a genuine passport from Spain that could be obtained by a corrupt official working inside the Spanish embassy. The broker, working in Lima, Peru, offered the genuine Spanish passport for $1,750.

The broker also offered a legitimate looking Peruvian passport for sale for $900.

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According to the Secretary General of Interpol, up to 4 out of every 10 international travelers are able to board planes and travel abroad without their passport being checked against the global database of stolen passports.

Source:  Anna Schecter, “Passport Black Market Remains ‘a Gaping Hole’ in Air Security,” NBC News, March 18, 2014.

Police in Phuket, Thailand report that a foreigners can sell their passports on the black market in Phukett and receive up to $200. The foreigner can then report to their home embassy that they have lost their passport and receive a new one.

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Between January 2012 and June 2013, over 60,000 passports of both Thai citizens and foreigner tourists were reported missing or stolen in Thailand.

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Source:  Amy Sawitta Lefevre, “Thailand grapples with ‘massive’ fake passport racket,” Reuters, March 10, 2014.

An immigrant living in the United Kingdom illegally for 5 years reportedly paid $1,642 (£1,000) for a blank passport on the black market.

The passport was available due to theft in 2089 where 3,650 blank passports and 8,100 blank visas were stolen from a delivery van. Most of the blank passports and visas have been recovered by security officers. The theft was later found to have been an insider job.

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Source:  “Illegal immigrant stayed in Britain for five years using blank passport he bought on the UK black market for £1,000 which had been stolen with 3,600 others in £2.5m raid,” Daily Mail, January 17, 2014.

Human smugglers offer migrants and other individuals travel “packages” that smuggles them into Malaysia and provides them with a new identity.

According to a report by the New Straits Times, smugglers offer packages for $771 (2,500 Malaysian Ringgit) that would smuggle a person into Malaysia and provide them with fake identification.

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The smugglers would provide an altered MyKad, which is the official identification card issued by the Government of Malaysia. The MyKad would be real, with the original owners id number, name and address, but would be altered with the smuggled person’s photo.

Security agents across Malaysia recently arrested 20 illegal immigrants who were working as security guards using altered MyKad documents.

Source:  Sim Bak Heng, “Brunei new entry point to Malaysia,” New Straits Times, December 16, 2013.

During a ten year span, 15 people were convicted for human trafficking crimes in Australia, according to research conducted by the Australian Institute of Criminology.

8 of the 15 were women.

The institute found that all of the women traffickers were born in the same foreign country as the victims and typically came from the same socio-economic status.

Based on reports from criminal justice programs in Australia, none of the people convicted for human trafficking had links to organized crime. The traffickers were generally small operations that relied upon business or family contacts to recruit victims.

In addition to human trafficking, these traffickers in Australia committed immigration fraud such as fake id cards and visa permits, as well as various money laundering activities.

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Source:  Australian Associated Press, “Human traffickers are mostly women, Australian Institute of Criminology report finds,” Sydney Morning Herald, November 28, 2013.

The news program Four Corners in Australia reported that human smugglers sell passports and visa documents to Australia for $15,000 (16,000 AUD). The black market sellers claimed that a recent customer purchased a valid visa and passport issued by Bahrain, and was able to use the documents to board a plane to Australia.

The smugglers tell their customers to rip up the passport and visa on the plane before landing in Australia. Once on Australian soil, the person is able to apply for asylum.

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Source: Sarah Ferguson, “People smugglers selling asylum seekers passports and visas for entry to Australia by plane,” Australian Broadcasting Corporation, November 19, 2013.