The world's most lucrative crimes

We all know the illegal drug trade brings in billions, but other criminal enterprises are also shockingly profitable.

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Oct 22, 2013 8:55PM
Crime pays and pays well, just look at congress.
Oct 22, 2013 9:54PM
Oct 22, 2013 9:07PM
Amazing, in some ways this makes crime attractive....hard to make a decent living these days and if you do get a little extra the governments find ways to steal it from you. Makes it appear as if a life of crime might be better...tell us about that side of life when it goes wrong who pays.
Oct 23, 2013 6:29AM
Ha- add up all those crimes and they come to about 1/2 of what Wall Street and the banking industry steals every year.  Drugs??  take a look at your TV and count the number of commercials by drug companies trying to turn the world into a bunch of hypochondriacs.  One of my favorite commercials is for some anti-depressant medicine that says "  Taking this stuff may make you suicidal-  but do not stop taking it if you have suicidal thoughts"  So once you take the stuff, you can't stop.   Another favorite is the shingles commercials- now they are trying to convince you that you have a 33% chance of getting shingles and the latest one shows some woman crying because she had shingles on her head and her doctor was " concerned about her eyesight"  So now we have a 33% chance of going blind unless we buy this crap.  In my 67 years of life I have not known or even heard of 1 person who had this disease.
Oct 23, 2013 10:47AM
The drug war costs taxpayers over $1700 per second in this futile effort.
Oct 25, 2013 5:05PM
LOL-given that the "War on drugs" has been such a colossal failure you have to wonder if the one's running it are the same ones bringing the drugs in.
Oct 25, 2013 5:17PM
I thought I was going to read an article about our Federal government.........
Oct 25, 2013 5:24PM

The three most lucrative criminal enterprises ever conceived:


- Organized religion

- Government

- Corporations


All others pale in comparison.

Oct 25, 2013 5:13PM
pft, these guys are small time in comparison to pharmaceutical corporations, bankers and governments!
Oct 23, 2013 12:52PM
When you consider the facilities, gear, and payrolls for law enforcement and incarceration industries dedicated to the "war on drugs," in light of its decades of breathtakingly total failure, it's clearly just a pricey jobs program.
Oct 22, 2013 11:16PM
Nice to see a few of the various tools capitalism uses listed. Of course its  not prosecuted if government engage in such activities. Viva USA.
Oct 23, 2013 5:56AM
Dope moves the world markets, 1 kilo of pure heron cost 250,000. 1ounce of gold cost 1500. Why do you think that those nations that produce high grade Heron are thriving?
Oct 23, 2013 9:38AM
Most lucrative crime?   Electing Obama.  This charmer, an empty suit, is set for life and, not yet, indicted.    
This is the best reason for a flat  tax, everyone with under ground profits would be taxed just like the rest of us, once they spent it...
All the lucrative crimes listed are high risk endeavors.  I'm looking for something, law enforcement has no problem with, that's easy to do, with little to no risk, other than politician.
Oct 23, 2013 10:00AM
Soon africa will have no more tigers, than what? what will you idiots do next? find a job and get some skills.....  soon you will run out of animals to kill..... get some skills..... do me a favor don't come to america. thank you
Oct 23, 2013 8:59AM
Why do people still buy Ivory? If you know someone that does, they should be shot.
Oct 25, 2013 5:12PM
As long as we live in a world where the super rich and big business call the shots, there are always going to be those who self medicate. a lot of people,especially in the western hemisphere are truly unhappy people. America is the biggest market for illegal substances, and glorifies the trade in movies, music and folklore. We will never rid ourselves of the ills of substance abuse as long as we punish the addicted, rather than the manufactures and distributers . Believe me governments like ours would rather have most of us, mainly the poor,walking around with our heads in la, la land than learning more about  the system that brings this sh#t to our shores. A lot of money to be made, and a lot of recipients live on a street near you.
Oct 25, 2013 5:21PM
Hey...Where can I buy stocks in that Cartel Corporation??? Aren't there any people out there who can reel in the legalization so these cartels can join the unemployment lines. The FDA is crunching on Doctor's about Prescription Drugs (Mostly Pain Meds). I would assume that we all know politicians are corrupt. What is to stop them from aiding these cartels??? Nah! They won't, but the TRUST ISSUE leaves a lot to be desired. And when Government squeezes down on them the Cartels make more available.  If drugs were more recognizable like alcohol with their containers, would it be an issue? I say legalize it and put the 1 Trillion $$$ into providing Detox and mental health. All the Government is doing is fattening up the wallets of the illegal drug People. While they continue to try to eradicate said problem no one wants to look at the reason why and what it will take to stop it on an individual basis. Let's face it many citizens don't like or can't tolerate the world they have been born into. Why put them in jail? Isn't it enough to know that when the AIDS epidemic broke out, controlling the method of the STD's was more helpful. Why not give them the same help as say a rape victim?? Enough said. Think about it.
Oct 25, 2013 5:06PM
Justice.  I am going to shock you.   Africa never has had tigers except maybe in a few cages.   Tigers are native to Asia and not Africa.   There are lions in India that are on the verge of extinction.  It seems that the only thing Americans can do today is blab politics.  Any thought of work is gone.
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