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The Illegal Drug Trade

The Illegal Drug Trade The Basic Facts A majority of the trade is thought to $352 billion of the drug trade has been absorbed back into the economic system The illegal drug Addictive drugs were prohibited in was prohibited in the West as early as 19th Century Famously, alcohol the USA between 1920 and 1933 be worth 1% of global trade. Effects on societies Ecuador has absorbed up to 300,000 fleeing paramilitaries and drug lords in Colombia 79% of cocaine is thought to pass through Honduras on its way to the United States. It is thought that as many as 90% of border killings within Mexico are drug-related. There is a high correlation between violence in Central America and drug-related activity. United States Illegal drugs are often associated with a more liberal generation of baby boomers in the 1960s Marijuana was a popular drug through Latin American trade routes in the 1960s. Cocaine would become a major product in later decades. Drug related homicides were at their highest in the 80s and 90s. Colombia Colombia has a significant role in the Latin American drug trade. Active since around the 1930s, it became truly dominant in the trade in the 1970s Estimated value of illegal drugs in the 1990s in Cuba was thought to be $2.5 billion Mexico Political corruption in Mexico has allowed for the growth of drug cartels. Drug cartels have integrated into the Mexican economy over the past few decades. 2$ Approximately 500 cities are engaged in drug trafficking and nearly 450,000 people are thought to be employed by drug cartels. Infographic compiled by %24 %24 %24 %24 %24 %24 %24 %24

The Illegal Drug Trade

shared by SallyBraith on Feb 13
It's hard to deny that the illegal drug trade destroys lives; yet it is equally hard to deny the lucrative nature of such a dark economy. This infographic lays out the key statistics, along with a mor...



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