Taiwan Security Threats

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

According to the Food and Drug Administration, heroin was the most abused drug in Taiwan in 2012. Between January and October, 66.8 percent of substance abuse cases handled by the criminal justice system involved heroin. It was the sixth straight year that heroin was the most abused drug in Taiwan.

After heroin, amphetamine accounted for 33.1 percent of substance abuse cases in Taiwan, followed by the abuse of the veterinary medicine ketamine, which accounted for 5 percent of cases.

Insomnia drug Zolpidem was the fourth abused drug in Taiwan with 4.3 percent of cases involving the prescription drug. Ecstasy rounded out the top five with 3.4 percent of cases.

(All prescription drug abuse statistics.)

Source:  “FDA announces top five drugs abused in Taiwan this year,” Taipei Times, December 16, 2012.

In the first half of 2012, the Ministry of the Interior reported over 21,000 violations of the Drug Abuse Prevention Act in Taiwan. Law enforcement seized 2,338 kilograms of illegal drugs and detained 22,459 suspects from January to June 2012.

The number of cases investigated by criminal justice programs declined by 4 percent when compared to the same time period the year before. The number of illegal drugs seized also dropped by 88 kilograms, or 3.6 percent.

(Additional illegal drug trade statistics.)

Source: Loa lok-sin, “Mixed figures on drug abuse cases,” Taipei Times, August 6, 2012.

A man was arrested in Thailand for smuggling the corpses of human infants. Police report that the corpses were to be used in black magic rituals in Taiwan. The human remains were purchased for $6,300 (4,000 British Pounds), and would have been sold for $36,000 on the black market in Taiwan.

The babies involved in this specific case were believed to have been aborted human fetuses and not brought to term.

Source:  “British citizen arrested in Thailand on suspicion of smuggling babies’ corpses,” Guardian, May 18, 2012.


According to the Collective of Sex Workers and Supporters in Taiwan (COSWAS),  there are over 100,000 prostitutes working in the sex industry in Taiwan, with over two million customers.

5,000 of these women are working in the authorized and licensed prostitution industry in Taiwan. These registered women are employed in over 100 licensed pubs and massage parlors.

(Prostitution prices by country.)

Source:  Ralph Jennings, “Taiwan green-lights red-light districts,” GlobalPost, November 5, 2011.

Source: China Post, “Police meet on first day of legal prostitution in Taiwan,” Asian One, November 7, 2011.

Cigarette smuggling in Taiwan brings in up to 100 million illegal cigarette packs each year. The cigarettes are sold on the black market at prices between $1.13 to $1.4 (35 to 45 Taiwan Dollars).

About one in every twenty five smokers purchases illegal cigarettes in Taiwan.

Around $156 Million (5 Billion Taiwan Dollars) are lost each year to smuggling activities.

Source: “Higher surcharge fans cigarette smuggling in Taiwan: study,” China Post, October 27, 2010.

According to a lawsuit filed in Taiwan, 8 Japanese Porn companies lose $31 Million (1 Billion Taiwan Dollars) a year to piracy in Taiwan.

Source:  AFP, “Japan porn firms threaten piracy lawsuit in Taiwan,” Google News, April 14, 2010.

Cigarette smuggling in Taiwan leads to losses of $156 Million (5 Billion Taiwanese Dollars).

The Taiwan Tobacco and Liquor Corporation states that almost 10 percent of the cigarette market in Taiwan consists of black market cigarettes.

Source:  “New way of cigarette smuggling discovered,” The China Post, March 9, 2010.

Prostitution in Taiwan is estimated to generate $1.84 Billion (60 Billion Taiwan Dollars) a year in revenue.

Source:  AFP, “Taiwan court to scrap ‘unfair’ law on prostitutes,” Google News, November 7, 2009.

According to a report by the AFP, wildlife traffickers are able to profit selling exotic animals on the black market.

A smuggler in Taiwan offers a dead bear for sale at prices of $4,500 per bear.

Meanwhile, tigers that have been poached in India has caused the Royal Bengal tiger population to decline by 50 percent between 2002 and 2007. Poachers offer tiger skin for sale on the black market for up to $16,000.

Across the Arab regions, a popular item for men is to have a rhino horn dagger. These daggers are created out of rhino horns that were cut off of the rhino. The daggers are offered for sale on the black market for $14,000.

The entire wildlife trafficking industry is estimated to generate up to $1 Billion in illicit revenue in Indonesia.

(More prices of exotic animals for sale.)