Someone doing some dodgy dealings – online. (Photo: Wikimedia user Colin, via)
Me oh my, aren’t we a naughty bunch of druggies? In a recent study conducted by RAND Europe, a not-for-profit research institute, the UK came top of the pops for deep web drug trafficking.
We’re second in the world, behind, obviously, the USA, with Germany and the Netherlands trailing behind in third. Though the Dutch haven’t managed to exceed Brits in the pill-popping-plant-smoking stakes, they do have a particularly high concentration of web dealers in comparison to other countries, with 13.4 vendors per million people (the UK is 5.3).
Since the famous Silk Road was shut down in 2013, and its founder Ross Ulbricht, AKA Dread Pirate Roberts, sentenced to life imprisonment, drug sales on the deep web have soared to triple the amount. The most commonly sold drug on there is weed, and a quarter of the listings are worth more than £768 (or $1,000), which suggests that a bulk of them are being purchased for real life redistribution.
The sale of drugs on cryptomarketplaces on the deep web generates £16 million a month, which sounds like a lot until you compare it to