This article will bring you to the list of the most profitable crimes to commit. Insider Monkey has recently published an interesting article about it. However arresting these ideas may be, you shouldn’t try them. Despite the fact that some people turned to crime because the very nature of the money appealed to them, the main motive behind all that is the same as with any honest job – getting those green bills. However, those who start thinking how to start a life of crime haven’t become rich the regular way usually due to, what they would like to call, “some circumstances”.
Now without a further ado let’s see what Insider Monkey has investigated for us. We have picked three of the most profitable crimes to commit from their list.
The first one is Art theft. Perhaps the first thing that pops to your mind are Picasso’s paintings, but that isn’t the case at all. Actually, the stolen goods come more than often from archaeological digs. Well-off collectors are willing to pay a fortune for works of art, whether these are paintings, sculptures or relics. The looting usually occurs in war-ravaged areas, such as Iraq and Afghanistan, but plenty of art is coming from Thailand, China, Turkey and other countries. The destination countries in most cases are the countries of Western Europe and the US. The next profitable crime is Illegal wildlife trading. Though we are constantly being warned about the dangers of animal extinction, this is not a valuable information for the poachers. After all, a $25 billion worth business seems much more important. Instead of a fun fact, here’s a sad one. In one instance, poachers killed around 450 elephants in a national park in Cameroon. Ivory is still very much appreciated and valued worldwide, together with tiger parts, birds of prey and rhino horns. At last we are mentioning drug trade. The figure given is what is actually expected to be international annual revenue, while drug dealing within borders is also very profitable, too, but its worth is a bit harder to trace. The best countries for this crime are Afghanistan (producing about 75% of the world’s opiates) Mexico, Myanmar, Columbia, Peru, and Bolivia. Interestingly enough, the war only increased Afghanistan’s productivity. Once again, in this business, it’s much better to be the dealer than the manufacturer.