1. Jordan $0.031 Billion ($31 Million)

  2. Black Market Crime in Jordan

Jordan Security Threats

Data and information about security threats from Jordan’s black market. Intelligence and security information collected from government agencies, news articles and other public data sources.

Criminal justice programs in Jordan recorded 17 human trafficking cases in the country in 2013. The cases involved 54 males and 27 females who were reported as trafficking victims.

The number of trafficking cases handled by the criminal justice system increased from the 12 cases handled in 2012. However, there were 29 human trafficking cases in 2011, and 26 cases in 2010.

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Source:  Hana Namrouqa, “17 human trafficking cases registered in 2013 — report,” Jordan Times, April 3, 2014.

Government security agencies in Jordan seized 300 percent more weapons and firearms on its border with Syria in 2013 when compared to 2012.

900 weapons, 24 vehicles, and 6 million illegal drug pills were seized while attempting to be smuggled into Jordan.

Along with the black  market items, nearly 1,600 people were caught attempting to illegally enter Jordan from Syria in 2013.

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Source:  IANS, “Smuggling of weapons rises sharply at Jordan borders,” Yahoo News India, December 6, 2013.

According to a Philippine Congressman, woman who travel overseas to the Middle East have become victims of human trafficking. In one instance, a labor official working in Jordan was pimping out a Filipino woman for $1,000 a night to customers in the country.

The Philippine government states that over 10.4 million migrants from the Philippines are working in foreign countries.

Criminal justice programs in the Philippines provided assistance to 1,029 Filipino victims of trafficking and illegal recruitment in 2013.

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Source:  Floyd Whaley, “Philippines Investigates Prostitution Ring Charges,” New York Times, June 24, 2013.

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The Associated Press quoted a 19 year old woman who was offering sex for $7 at a refugee camp in Jordan. The woman stated that she averages $70 per day selling her body. A man also told the AP that he was offering his wife for $70 for the entire day.

There was also a report of a man at the camp selling his daughter outright to another man for $2,000.

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Source:  Associated Press, “Desperate, some fleeing Syria turn to prostitution,” Yahoo News, March 8, 2013.

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Jordan’s National Library Department Director General reported to the media that  pirated Play Station games were the most common smuggled item from Syria into the country in 2012. After pirated video games, the popular pirated items were DVDs, music discs and software.

Due to the conflict in Syria, the smuggling of pirated goods into Jordan dropped significantly in the first three months of 2013.

Source:  “Jordanians go without their beloved pirated DVDs due to Syrian war,” AL Bawaba, April 7, 2013.

The National Library Department reported that up to 25 percent of software used in computer labs at small to medium sized private schools in Jordan are pirated copies.

Across the entire country, the piracy rate of software in 2011 was reported to be 58 percent.

In the first month of 2013, over 95 cases of intellectual property violations of software was refereed to the court system.

Source:  “Jordan to continue crackdown on pirated software,” Al Bawaba, February 18, 2013.

In 2012, intellectual property officials and trademark attorneys seized over 185,000 pirated DVDs, CDs and books in Jordan. 467 IP violations were sent to the court system, with 55 cases involving the sale of pirated Microsoft programs.

Authorities stated that most of the pirated software in Jordan is smuggled into the country from Syria. Due to the ongoing conflict in Syria in 2012, the rate of pirated software being smuggled into Jordan dropped by 70 percent.

(Additional counterfeit goods statistics.)

Source:  Mohammad Ghazal, “Pirated software smuggling from Syria declined in 2012,” Jordan Times, January 29, 2013.

Finance officials in Jordan estimate that tax evasion in the country causes losses of $1.1 Billion (800 Million Jordanian Dinar).

Source:  Petra, “Finance minister puts Jordan’s tax evasion at JD800 million,” Jordan Times, June 26, 2012.

In 2011, authorities in Jordan seized over 524 tons of illicit drugs such as cocaine, hashish, heroin and opium. Also seized was 9 million pills of Captagon, a stimulant drug prescribed to children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.  Captagon is the most common type of narcotic that is smuggled into the country.

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Source: Zain Khasawneh, “‘Drug, arms smuggling increased fivefold in 2011’,” Jordan Times, February 3, 2012.

Authorities in Jordan uncovered 80 cases of organ trafficking in 2007.

Source:  AFP, “Jordan charges 11 ‘organ traffickers’,” Google News, September 30, 2009.