In 2010, South Korean authorities seized 8,200 grams of foreign-produced methamphetamine within the country. Of that total, around 57 percent of the illicit drugs originated from China. Law enforcement believe that a large portion of the drugs were trafficked through North Korea on its way towards South Korea.
The Government of South Korea estimates that there are at least 1,000 South Korean women working in the prostitution industry in Australia. Authorities believe that many of them are victims of human trafficking.
The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime reported in 2011 that methamphetamine was the most widely used drug in the following Asian countries: Brunei, Cambodia, Japan, Laos, the Philippines, South Korea, and Thailand.
There are an estimated 1,000 women from South Korea who are working in the prostitution industry in Australia, according to a South Korean government official.
Between 2007 and August 2011, the South Korean Coast Guard apprehended 1,887 Chinese boats that was illegally fishing in South Korean waters. The boats were fined a total of $23 Million for their illegal fishing, with each boat being fined an average of $25,183 to $50,367.
The number of people who have been arrested for organ trafficking in South Korea decreased over 4 years. In the first six months of 2011, police arrested 1 person on charges of organ trafficking.
During the summer of 2011, Customs in South Korea caught 5,385 people attempting to smuggle more luxury purses into the country that is allowed under duty-free limits. The number of smugglers caught between July 18 and then end of August was 18 percent higher then the number of people caught in 2010.
In the first half of 2011, Louis Vuitton was the most seized counterfeit good in South Korea.
1,232 counterfeit Louis Vuitton items were seized in the first six months of 2011, followed by LeSportsac, Chanel, Gucci and Nike. LeSportsac had the most counterfeit purses seized, with 1,180 counterfeit bags seized by authorities. 257 counterfeit Louis Vuitton purses was seized during the time period.
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.