Countries Committing Unauthorized Fishing

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 black market activities when it comes to fishing. Illegal fishing activities included fishing during closed sessions, using illegal driftnet, and fishing without proper authorization.

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Cocaine Production in the Andes in 2007

Up to 17 percent of all cocaine produced in the Andes was believed to have been trafficked through Venezuela in 2007, according to Government Accountability Report. 260 metric tons flowed through Venezuela in 2007, up from 60 metric tons in 2004. In addition, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) contributes in trafficking up to 60 percent of all cocaine coming out of Colombia.

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Number of Kidnapping For Ransom in Venezuela in 2009

According to official statistics, there has been 166 kidnapping for ransom in Venezuela in 2009. However, as many cases are not reported, the number of kidnappings are estimated to be up to four times higher. Poor families are forced to give up possessions, such as refrigerator, in order to pay the ransom.

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