Fake IDs are often including in the smuggling fees for undocumented immigrants who are smuggled from Mexico.While in the United States, undocumented immigrants are able to purchase identifications from flea markets and other vendors for $75 to $300. Papers available for purchase include Social Security cards, Driver Licenses, and Green Cards.
The human smuggling industry in China charges people between $10,000 to $25,000 to purchase a fraudulent passport, and between $3,000 to $5,000 to alter the photo of a passport.
Human smuggling activities from Africa to Europe generates $400 Million in profits for the smugglers.
According to Interpol, “migrants from Asia can expect to pay more than US$30,000 for access to Western Europe and US$60,000 for North America”.
As many as 300,000 Africans are being smuggled into Europe each year. The price of transport ranges from $385 to over $1,000.
The Pew Hispanic Center has estimated that there are 11.5 to 12 Million Unauthorized Migrants to be in the United States.
The number of humans who are smuggled into the United States from China each year ranges from 10,000 to 50,000.
According to a study published by the National Institute of Justice (US), the median profit per client for a Chinese human smuggler was $10,000.
Chinese Nationals were paying $41,800 to be smuggled from China into the United Kingdom before being arrested by authorities.
In 2007, the United States Coast Guard interdicted 3,197 Cuban migrants, compared to 2,293 in 2006. Source: Associated Press, “Cuba says 2 migrants drown when smuggling boat capsizes off coast,” International Herald Tribune, December 28, 2007.