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World's 8 biggest illegal businesses

Last updated on: May 7, 2013 12:19 IST

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While majority of world's trade is legal, a large part of it is illegal. Athorities all across the world, including in India, are continously taking steps to stop the flow of illegal businesses, but it continues to increase.

Let's take a look at eight illegal activities that generate most revenue in the world.

Source: The Economist

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Image: A woman smokes a joint during a rally against drug trafficking and in favour for the legalisation of self-cultivation of marijuana for medicinal and recreational purposes in Valparaiso city, about 121km northwest of Santiago, Chile.
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Drug trafficking

Global revenue in 2012: $320 billion

Overall rank in revenue: 1

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Image: A woman smokes a large marijuana joint at the Vancouver Art Gallery during the annual 4/20 day, which promotes the use of marijuana, in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
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Counterfeit and pirated goods

Global revenue in 2012: $250 billion

Overall rank in revenue: 2

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Image: A police officer immerses a counterfeit dollar bill in liquid to show its quality during a media conference in Lima, Peru.
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Human trafficking

Global revenue in 2012: $32 billion

Overall rank in revenue: 3

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Image: Sex workers in Sydney, Australia.
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Wildlife trafficking

Global revenue in 2012: $19 billion

Overall rank in revenue: 4

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Image: A baby monkey, a lion cub and tiger cubs play at the Guaipo Manchurian Tiger Park in Shenyang, Liaoning Province, China. Photo is for representation purpose only.
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Oil trade

Global revenue in 2012: $11 billion

Overall rank in revenue: 5

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Image: A man carries petrol in a plastic bag in Brasilia, Brazil.
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Fishing

Global revenue in 2012: $10 billion

Overall rank in revenue: 6

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Image: A man fishes in the waters of the Black Sea in Sochi, Russia.
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Logging

Global revenue in 2012: $10 billion

Overall rank in revenue: 7

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Image: Logs cut from the Amazon rainforest are transported by barge to a shipping port, just off Marajo Island near the mouth of the Amazon River, in Brazil.
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Human organs

Global revenue in 2012: $600 million

Overall rank in revenue: 8


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