1. Netherlands $0.644 Billion ($644 Million)

  2. Black Market Crime in Netherlands

Netherlands Security Threats

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

Government officials in the Netherlands reported that the legalized trade of drugs and prostitution in Amsterdam and across the country contributes $3.4 Billion (€2.5 Billion) to the national economy. The two industries contribute to 0.4 percent of the Netherlands GDP.

Statistics Netherlands stated that most of the consumption of the services is domestic and takes place in the marijuana coffee shops and brothels.

(Sex trade revenue around the world.)

Source: “It’s official: drugs, prostitution boost Dutch economy,” Reuters, June 25, 2014.


The self proclaimed top drug dealer on the online black market website Silk Road plead guilty in US federal court in May 2014.

Connelis Ja Slomp, aka “SuperTrips”, is a 23 year old man from the Netherlands made over $3 Million in revenue from selling drugs on Silk Road.

According to court documents, the man was equipped with only a laptop, iPhone and a backpack when conducting his international drug ring.  The man shipped 104 kilograms of MDMA, 566,000 ecstasy pills, four kilos of cocaine and other drugs through the mail to customers who bought his product on the website.

He was arrested when he came to the United States in order to party in South Beach. He had already rented a Lamborghini when he was arrested at the airport.

After being arrested, he forfeited $3,030,000 that he earned from drug proceeds that wee in bitcoins, which the United States Government converted to cash.

(See more profits and earnings from illegal jobs.)

Source:  Kim Janssen, “World’s most prolific online drug dealer pleads guilty in Chicago,” Chicago Sun Times, May 8, 2014.

In 2013, criminal justice programs in the Netherlands investigated 175 cases of human smuggling across the country. The number of smuggling cases were an increase of 25 percent from the human smuggling cases investigated in 2012.

An estimated 1,500 people are residing in the Netherlands without proper documents or visas. Most of these individuals originated from Afghanistan and Syria. Security officials state that most of the people are attempting to continue onto Germany, Scandinavia or France.

The Royal Military Police also investigated 122 human trafficking cases in the Netherlands in 2013. The trafficking cases increased by 10 percent from 2012.

(Price of human traffickers and victims when sold.)

Source:  Mazime Zech, “More Human Trafficking Last Year,” NL Times, March 21, 2014.


According to research by Dutch firm GfK, only 10 percent of all ebooks on devices were actually paid for, with most of the digital books being pirated.

On average, an e-reader in the Netherlands holds on average 117 ebooks. Out of that total, 11 were bought at legitimate websites. The remaining books were pirated at file-sharing sites or through Bit-torrent files.

Ebooks sales in the Netherlands account for 4.5 percent of total revenue for publishers.

A Dutch man admitted to the criminal justice system that he uploaded over 5,000 ebooks to The Pirate Bay as anti-piracy group BREIN attempted to bring criminal charges against him. However, the court ruled that it was not a criminal case.  The Dutch Court system also recently lifted a ban on The Pirate Bay website. At the end of January 2014, the Hague Appeals Court ordered an end to a ban on the website.  The Court found that the ban on the Pirate Bay had no impact on slowing down online piracy in the Netherlands.

(More pirated ebooks information.)

Source:  Michael Kolowski, “eBook Piracy a Big Deal in the Netherlands,” Good E-Reader, February 5, 2014.

Source:  Ernesto, “Pirate Bay Uploader Can’t Be Criminallly Prosecuted, Court Rules,” TorrentFreak, January 29, 2014.

Source:  “Netherlands court orders end to Pirate Bay ban,” BBC News, January 29, 2014.

In an interview with the Guardian Newspaper, a prostitution customer in the red light district of Amsterdam stated that he pays $68 (€50) to have sex in a single session with prostitutes who advertise their services through windows.

In addition, a reader of Havocscope submitted information in 2013 that stated it costs $67 to $101 for a 20 minuet session having sex with a prostitute in Amsterdam’s red light district.

The prostitution industry is legal in Amsterdam. According to legal regulations, building owners are able to charge $165 to $206 (€120 to €150) to the prostitutes for each shift that they work. Thus, a prostitute much service at least 3 customers in order to cover the cost of renting the window.

There are between 6,000 to 8,000 prostitutes providing sex in Amsterdam.

(More prices of prostitution rates around the world.)

Source:  Sabine Cessou, “Prostitution in the Netherlands: ‘Paying for sex? It’s strictly business’,” Guardian, December 11, 2013.

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In the first six months of 2013, bank officials in the Netherlands seized 19,400 counterfeit euro banknotes from circulation. The number of fake currency seized in the country was 49 percent higher than the number of fakes discovered during the same time period in 2012.

Across the European Union, a total of 317,000 counterfeit euros were detected in the first six months of 2013, a 26 percent increase from the number of fakes detected in first half of 2012.

(How counterfeiters make fake money.)

Source:  Alexandra Gowling, “Number of counterfeit euro banknotes in the Netherlands increases,” I Am Expat, July 25, 2013.

Official city records in Amsterdam show that there are between 6,000 to 8,000 prostitutes working in the city.

Anti-human trafficking organizations estimate that up to 10 percent of the women are victims of human trafficking and exploitation.

(See prices of prostitutes worldwide.)

Source:  Cecelia Rodriguez, “Reforming Prostitution in Amsterdam Includes a Business Plan and Business Hours,” Forbes, March 1, 2013.

An anti-trafficking organization reported that three out of four prostitutes working in the red light district of Amsterdam were from economically distressed communities. Not-for-Sale stated at a conference on women’s rights that 75 percent of the women came from poor communities in Bulgaria, Hungary and Romania.

Source:  Belinda Goldsmith, “Younger girls forced into prostitution in economic crisis: conference,” Reuters, December 5, 2012.

The Justice Ministry of Brazil reported that it has found around 500 people who have been victims of human trafficking between 2005 and 2012.

Out of the total number of victims, 337 involved sexual exploitation.

The victims were trafficked out of Brazil and were operating in Spain, Switzerland and the Netherlands.

(See human trafficking prices)

Criminal justice officials stated that over half of the human trafficking networks were managed by women who deceived the victims.

Source:  EFE, “Some 500 Brazilians have been victims of people trafficking since 2005,” Fox News Latino, October 16, 2012.

At the end of 2011, there were 223 coffee shops in the city of Amsterdam selling marijuana. About 1 million foreign tourists visit the shops in the Netherlands each year.

A new law passed at the end of 2011 made it illegal for tourists to purchase marijuana at the coffee shops beginning in 2013.

(Marijuana prices around the world.)

Source: Jurjen van de Pol, “Netherlands Stops Tourists Buying Marijuana in Coffee Shops,” Bloomberg BusinessWeek, December 15, 2011.