In 2009, the total global revenues from international criminal activities were estimated at U.S. $870 billion per year. Since then, the rise of cybercrime and use of digital technology to circumvent existing laws and eliminate protective barriers has almost certainly caused that number to rise. In short, criminal business is often a very lucrative business.
The cost to society of all this crime is equally high. Each year, countless lives are lost to human traffickers, drug dealers, smugglers, money launderers and other miscreants. In less secure areas, international criminal activities can destabilize emerging economies, up-end struggling political systems and threaten the peace of entire regions.> Continue Reading