1. Portugal $0.245 Billion ($245 Million)

  2. Black Market Crime in Portugal

Portugal Security Threats

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

In July 2011, there were nearly 40,000 drug users who were being treated for their addiction in Portugal.

In the early 1990s, there were an estimated 100,000 drug addicts in the country. The drop in hard-core users is due to the country decriminalizing drugs and forcing users to enter drug treatment instead of the criminal justice system.

Source: AFP, “Portugal drug law show results ten years on, experts say,” Google News, July 1, 2011.

The US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) identified 6 countries that engage in illegal fishing. Colombia, Ecuador, Italy, Panama, Portugal and Venezuela were all found to be committing unauthorized activities when it comes to fishing. Illegal fishing activities included fishing during closed sessions, using illegal driftnet, and fishing without proper authorization.

Source: Morgan Erikson-Davis, “Italy and Panama continue illegal fishing, says new report,” Mongabay.com, January 15, 2011.

Complete breakdown of software piracy losses by country was taken from the Business Software Alliance (BSA) “Global Software Piracy Study”.

Source: BSA, “Seventh Annual BSA/IDC Global Software 09 Piracy Study,” May 2010, PC Software Piracy Rates and Commercial Value of Unlicensed Software, page 14-15.


56 percent of the prostitutes working in Portugal are foreign immigrants.

The largest number of foreign prostitutes working in Portugal are from Brazil, which accounts for 65 percent of all prostitutes.

Overall, women from 60 different countries are working in the sex industry in the country.

Source: “Portugal has nearly as many national prostitutes as foreign ones,” Portugal News, February 2, 2010.