Profits from the Business of Crime and Illegal Jobs

Listed below are profits and income generated by illegal jobs that generate income from the black market.The data regarding the illegal jobs and the cash that drug dealers, pimps, and other illegal business practices earn is based upon public documents. Click on the figure to see the source of the numbers.

All profits from crime and black market criminal activities is listed in US dollars.


  1. Afghanistan – Taliban$200 Million a year from Opium
  2. Antique Looter1 percent of final sale price
  3. Asian Massage Parlor – New Jersey, United States$108,000 per year
  4. Asian Massage Parlor – Washington DC, United States$1.2 Million per year
  5. Assassin – Colombia$600 monthly retainer, $3,000 per hit
  6. Assassin – Mexico$3,000 to teenagers
  7. Bootlegger – Pakistan$4,000 per year
  8. Bride Trafficker Broker – Cambodia$1,500 per bride
  9. Child Beggar – Pakistan$1.88 to $2.36 per day
  10. Child Beggar – Thailand$20 per day
  11. Child Begging Ring – China$40,000 per year
  12. Child Begging Ring – Saudi Arabia$15,000 per month
  13. Child Prostitute – New Zealand$496 to $662 per day
  14. Cigarette Smuggler – Mali$200 per trip, $2,000 if cocaine
  15. Cigarette Smuggling – USA$500,000 from One Run
  16. Cigarette Truck Unloader – Indian Reservation, USA$200 per truck
  17. Coal Mining – Mexico$25 Million by Los Zetas
  18. Coca Farmer – Peru$9,860 per year, $1,554 growing coffee
  19. Cockfighting – Management of Matches$2,000 a day
  20. Cockfighting – Prize Money for Winning Rooster$15,000
  21. Counterfeit Dollars – Peru$20,000 for every $100,000 in fakes
  22. Counterfeit Drug Seller$450,000 based on $1,000 investment
  23. Crystal Meth Smuggler – Indonesia$311 per trip
  24. Custom Officials – Mexico$1 Million per shipment passed through
  25. Driver License Broker – Afghanistan$10,000 per year
  26. Drug Dealer – Rio de Janeiro$15 Million in Favelas
  27. Drug Mule – Indonesia$15,000 to swallow 76 capsules of heroin
  28. Drug Mule – Panama$5,000 per trip
  29. Drug Mule – Paraguay Local$200 per trip
  30. Drug Mule – Paraguay Tourist$3,970 per trip
  31. Drug Mule – Teen in Mexico$50 to $100 per trip across border
  32. Drug Smugglers – Guatemala$600 Million to $800 Million per year
  33. Extortionist – Guatemalan Prison $6,000 a week
  34. Extortionist Gang – Colombia$100,000 per month
  35. Fake Degrees – Europe$50 Million per year to 15,000 customers
  36. Fake Degrees Online Website$5 Million in 9 years
  37. Fake Viagra Seller- South Korea$0.84 per tablet
  38. Football Match Fixing Syndicate$15 Billion per year
  39. Gambling Runners – Singapore$1,957 per day handling bets
  40. Gold Smuggler – India$33.50 for 10 grams
  41. Gun Straw Purchasers – United States$500 per gun for Mexican Drug Cartel
  42. Heroin Dealer – Ireland$694 per week
  43. High Class Escort – Florida, United States$80,000 a month
  44. Human Smugglers – Indonesia$1 Million per boat to Australia
  45. Human Smugglers – South Korea$2,500
  46. Human Trafficker – Canada$79,380 per year
  47. Human Trafficker – New York City$100,000 per year
  48. Human Trafficker – United Kingdom$77,000 per year
  49. Human Trafficker – Vietnam$470 to move victim to China
  50. Human Trafficking Broker – Bangladesh$1,638 per girl
  51. Human Trafficking Broker – Ireland$394 per child
  52. Kidnappers – Virtual Kidnappers$1,000 to $3,000 per ransom
  53. Legal Brothel Owner40 to 50 percent of sex workers earnings
  54. Logger – Madagascar$1.33 per kilo for illegal timber
  55. Marijuana Plant – United States$2,200
  56. Meth Trafficking – Thailand$168 per trip
  57. Money Launderer – Mexico15 cents to each dollar laundered
  58. Money Mule – United Kingdom8 percent of cash laundered
  59. Oil Thieves – Nigeria$6,098 per day
  60. Online Dating Scammers – Ivory Coast$13,000 a month
  61. Online Drug Dealer$3 Million for Top Seller on Silk Road
  62. Online Extortion$500 to $15,000 in “sextortion”
  63. Online Game Hacker$16,000 a month in China
  64. Online Streaming Website$4.4 Million for largest sites
  65. Opium Farmer – Afghanistan$4,900 vs $770 for wheat farmer
  66. Opium Farmer – Myanmar$6 per day vs. $1.20 for rice
  67. Opium Farmer – Students$15 to $20 per day during season
  68. Organ Trafficker – Turkey$10,000 profit
  69. Passport Seller – Thailand$200 to sell own passport
  70. Pickpockets – Barcelona, Spain$6,132 per week
  71. Pimp$67,200 per year
  72. Pimp – Child Pimp in Indonesia$3,000 a month
  73. Pirate – Somalia$30,000 to $75,000 per hijacking
  74. Pirated Book Seller – Mumbai, India$2 per book
  75. Pirated DVD Seller – Los Angeles$50,000 a month
  76. Pirated DVD Seller – Mexico$2 Million per day
  77. Pirated Movie Uploader$1 to $2 per 1,000 views
  78. Poppy Farmer – Afghanistan$10,000 per year, $120 if wheat
  79. Prison Guard – United States$3,000 to $5,000 Smuggling Contraband
  80. Prostitute – Brazil$100,000 (High-End Prostitute)
  81. Prostitute – Calcutta, India$1.85 a day
  82. Prostitute – Cannes, France$40,000 a night
  83. Prostitute – Jamaica$470 per day
  84. Prostitute – Java, Indonesia$952 per month
  85. Prostitute – Kuwait$570 per month
  86. Prostitute – Male Prostitute in LondonHigh of $49,000
  87. Prostitute – Orange Country, California$700 a day
  88. Prostitute – Pennsylvania, United States$20,000 a week
  89. Prostitute – South Korea$70 per session
  90. Prostitute – UgandaUp to $500 a night
  91. Prostitute – Washington, DC$500 per day
  92. Prostitutes – Filipino Women in Japan$150 Million a year
  93. Ransomware$5 Million a year
  94. Roma Thief$7,000 a month
  95. Spam Sellers – Russia$60 Million a year
  96. United States Workers$2 Trillion Not Reported to IRS