A broker who arranges people to be smuggled out of North Korea and into China and South Korea told the BBC that she earns between $2,000 to $3,000 a month.
According to a woman attempting to smuggle her family into South Korea from North Korea, the reported price was $3,500 from North Korea into China and an additional $2,500 to bring the person into South Korea.
The cost on the black market to be smuggled into the United States from Mexico by boat across the Pacific Ocean is reported to be $5,000. The fee by crossing by boat is higher than fee for crossing into the US by land.
The first officially found tunnel found on the US-Mexico border was discovered in 1990. Between 1990 and 2011, 154 smuggling tunnels were found on the border.
The tunnels are used by criminal gangs to smuggle either humans or drugs from Mexico into the United States.
Immigration Officials in Canada report that people from Sri Lanka were paying human smugglers up to $45,800 (45,000 Canadian Dollars) to be smuggled into Canada.
Up to 300,000 illegal immigrants pass through Mexico each year in order to cross the border into the United States.
In the first 5 months of 2011, over 9,000 people from Somalia and over 27,000 people from Ethiopia have smuggled by boat into Yemen.
According to an organized crime expert at Mexico’s Autonomous Technological Institute, only half of the drug trafficking cartels revenue in 2011 is coming from the trafficking of drugs. The other half in revenue is generated from black market activities such as kidnapping for ransom, extortion, human smuggling, and the sale of counterfeit goods.
Human smugglers in Mexico typically pay the drug trafficking cartels 20 percent of their earnings for “protection.”
Migrants from Guatemala paid human smugglers $7,000 to be smuggled into the United States from Mexico in 2011. The human smuggling fee from Guatemala is up from the reported price of $2,450 in 2008.