Spain Security Threats

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

Internet piracy in Spain led to 3 billion downloads of pirated content in 2009, compared to 21 million legal downloads during the year.

Source: Raphael Minder, “Pressure Grows on Spain to Curb Digital Piracy,” New York Times, May 16, 2010.

In 2006, Internet piracy in Spain led to 132 million movies being illegally downloaded online.

In 2008, the number of pirated movies downloaded in Spain increased to 350 million.

Source:  Ben Fritz, “In Spain, Internet piracy is part of the culture,” Los Angeles Times, March 30, 2010.

Music piracy in Spain caused the music industry to lose $1.6 Billion in revenue in 2008. The number of employed within Spain’s music industry has fallen by 70 percent due to music piracy.

Source:  Associated Press, “Spain, France tackle Internet piracy,” MSNBC, January 8, 2010.


Corruption in Spain cost the country $6.3 Billion over ten years.

Source:  Reuters, “Corruption costs Spain billions, newspaper says,” Forbes, November 1, 2009.

Internet piracy in Spain is responsible for up to 20 percent of the world’s total Internet piracy.

Source:  Pamela Rolfe, “Spain sets up anti-piracy body,” Hollywood Reporter, October 22, 2009.

The prostitution trade in Spain is estimated to generate $25.6 Billion (18 Billion ) a year in revenue.

(Prices of the sex trade by country.)

Source: “Prostitution thrives on edge of legality in Spain,” Taipei Times, September 6, 2009.

Below are losses to selected countries in Europe from counterfeit pesticides.



Czech Republic

4.19 Million


39.4 Million


13.3 Million


6.6 Million


22.9 Million


103 Million

Source: “Counterfeit Pesticides Across Europe-2008,” European Crop Protection Association, August 2008.

Music piracy in Spain lead to 2 billion music tracks being pirated in 2008, compared to the 2.2 million music tracks legally purchased on the Internet.


In 2009, police discovered human trafficking victims in Spain who were forced to work as prostitutes. While working at the brothels, the women from Nigeria were forced to service up to 30 men a day in order to repay a $68,000 debt levied upon her by the human traffickers.

The Nigerian women were being held due to their belief that a Voodoo curse was placed upon them by the traffickers.

(Latest human trafficking statistics.)


35 percent of all internet users in Spain use file-sharing services to access pirated movies and music.