English | Nov. 21, 2011 | ISBN: 0132180243 | 336 Pages | PDF | 6 MB
From piracy to counterfeiting to cargo theft, organized retail crime has exploded into a $38 billion industry. Synchronized global teams of thieves are pilfering immense volumes of high-value products, counterfeiting even more--& using the profits to support the world's most vicious terrorists & criminal gangs.
In this eye-opening piece of investigative journalism, top business reporter Hitha Prabhakar connects the dots & follows the money deep into the world's fastest-growing criminal industry. You'll learn how the Internet, social media, & disposable cell phones have opened the floodgates for a new generation of criminals--& how buying something as innocent as a counterfeit h&bag or discounted cigarettes actually funds terrorist groups from Al-Qaeda to Central America's drug lords.
Black Market Billions draws on extensive first person interviews with law enforcement, industry, & the criminals themselves to reveal how retail crime rings impact the security in every country in which they operate. Prabhakar goes "inside" to reveal why the piracy economy has exploded...why preventive measures have failed...& what to expect next, as organized retail crime reaches a terrifying critical mass.