In 2011, an estimated 65 Billion cigarettes were smoked in the European Union that was smuggled and purchased on the black market.The black market cigarettes caused a loss of tax revenue of $1.2 Billion (1 Billion Euros) for the EU budget and up to $11 Billion in lost tax revenue for EU member states.
Spain’s Tobacconist Association stated that black market sales of cigarettes accounted for 7 to 8 percent of the cigarette market in the country in 2011, up from virtually zero the year before. The rise in cigarette smuggling is attributed to a rise in tobacco taxes and a ban in smoking in public places.
In the first nine months of 2011, Custom Officers in Spain stopped 2,899 people from bringing in illegal cigarettes into the country from Gibraltar. The number of cigarette smugglers attempting to enter Spain from Gibraltar has been increasing every year. 2,112 people were stopped from smuggling cigarettes into Spain in 2010, and 1,226 people were stopped in 2009. In 2008, the number of smugglers who were stopped by Custom Officers was 985.
An estimated 700,000 women work as prostitutes across the European Union.
In the first half of 2011, over 77 percent of digital content consumed in Spain was pirated, according to the Coalition of Creators and Industries of Content. The piracy caused the movie, music, book and video game industries to lose $7.2 Billion (5.2 Billion Euros) in earnings.
$320 Billion in income is estimated to be undeclared in Italy, according to the nation’s Industry Minister. In Greece, the government may be losing up to $30 Billion a year due to tax evasion. The Spanish Government collected more than $13 Billion in 2010 by focusing on tax evasion activities, an increase of 23 percent from 2009 enforcement levels. In 2011, an estimated 80 percent of the largest companies in Spain harbor profits in tax havens around the world.
There are a reported 400 million pirated downloads on the Internet in Spain each year. 100 million cinema tickets are sold each year in the country.
After the Civil War in Spain in 1936 to 1939, an estimated 30,000 babies were stolen from their parents and sold to parents.
Often, the babies were taken at birth while the mother was told that the baby were stillborn.
6 percent of all cigarettes smoked in Spain in the first three months of 2011 were smuggled. This is an increase from the one percent of contraband cigarettes smoked in all of 2010.
The prostitution industry in Spain spends $53 Million (40 Million Euros) on classified ads in newspapers each year and represent up to 60 percent of all classified ads.