On 12 November, the Smithsonian Magazine reported that, According to a study in Fish and Fisheries, the use of small fishing vessels to smuggle illegal drugs is on the rise across the world as traffickers seek to take advantage of porous borders and the relatively murky laws governing international waters. The use of small vessels has tripled in the past 8 years to represent about 15% of the total global retail value of illegal drugs. A report from Global Financial Integrity calculated that illicit drug revenue smuggled by fishing vessels around the world amounted to $80 billion a year, or about 15% of the $426 billion to $652 billion yearly revenue brought in by drugs worldwide. It is said to have been found that the average size of an individual shipment is getting smaller over time, even as the overall amount of drugs shipped by these vessels is increasing – which means in practice is that traffickers are splitting larger shipments so if one boat is caught by authorities, the traffickers don’t lose as much.
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