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From the illegal weapons to the underground sex trade, nothing is off limits and everything is for sale in illegal, underground markets. It's an industry that is brutal, exploitative, and corrupt where what you buy isn't always what it seems. Despite efforts to crack down on these illegal trades, more than $625 billion makes it's way into the US economy each year for illegal trade goods. Unprecedented inside access brings light to the inner workings of the last bastion of "free" enterprise, charting a global path to the underworld economy. Workers, suppliers, sellers, customers – and the law enforcement trying to keep it in check - share their experience of a hidden world that touches us all.
Black market moonshine is big business — high-proof, low-cost, untaxed and illegal. But the law is cracking down and urban bootleggers are bringing fresh competition. It's the first day of the whiskey-making season for one expert moonshiner. Rosco needs two key elements for a successful and lucrative operation — secrecy and water. He's found the perfect hidden site deep in the traditional heart of moonshine production: the southern Appalachian Mountains. But 700 miles southwest, in Holmes County, Mississippi, there's a special police unit cracking down on 'shiners like Rosco.
Increased automobile security means that car criminals are becoming more ingenious than ever. Gangs are working together to steal cars — for them car theft can be more profitable than selling drugs. In Santa Maria, California, three cars are stolen every day and police are now targeting the thieves rather than recovering vehicles. The criminals, meanwhile, rush to get the cars out of state, and then — via corrupt shippers — overseas. In West Africa, a criminal class has arisen that is willing to pay top dollar for high-end stolen U.S. cars.
In America, 14 people die each day waiting for a kidney transplant. Meanwhile, the black market organ trade is thriving, and gangsters with global reach are pocketing easy money. Desperation drives this illegal trade in human spare parts, but the medical community is sounding the alarm and international law enforcement is in hot pursuit of the traffickers.
A look at the black market in body-organ trading.
An oil-fracking boom that went bust in North Dakota has led to extortion, prostitution, drug dealing and theft in a remote prairie town.
A look at criminals working Las Vegas.
An examination of theft gangs who shift stolen goods from high-end retailers to urban clients, and large crime crews that jack cargo to barter with legal markets at home and abroad.
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