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January 27, 2011

Global illicit trades 2011

If you thought the most profitable illicit trade was drugs or weapons well think again:

Rough estimated market size of illicit
goods based on public sources
(in USD billion)

Counterfeit pharmaceutical drugs: 200
Prostitution: 190
Marijuana: 140
Counterfeit electronics: 100
Cocaine: 80
Opium and heroin: 60
Web video piracy: 60
Software piracy: 50
Cigarette smuggling: 50
Human trafficking: 30
Environmental crimes and natural resources trade: 20
Logging: 5
Art and cultural artefacts: 5
Small arms: 1

Source: Havocscope and experts

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