Crime in Bangladesh

Crime in Bangladesh is present in various forms such as drug trafficking, money laundering, extortion, contract killing, fraud, human trafficking, robbery, corruption, black marketeering, political violence, terrorism and abduction, wildlife trafficking, among others.

Narcotics traffickingEdit

Bangladesh is used as a transit route for narcotics produced in neighboring countries.[1] The Annual Report for 2007 from the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB), reports that Bangladesh is now the main transit point for the movement and trafficking of heroin from Southeast Asia into the European market .[2] The report noted that the porous borders between Bangladesh and India contribute to the cross-border trafficking of narcotics.[3]

The known means of trafficking drugs into Bangladesh are couriers from Pakistan, commercial vehicles and trains from India or Burma in addition to shipments from India via the Bay of Bengal.[3]

It is estimated that 100,000 people are involved in narcotics trafficking in Bangladesh.[4]


A total of 10,331 homicides were reported to Bangladesh authorities from 2001 to 2003, showing a significant increase in recent years.[5]

Software piracyEdit

For the Asia Pacific region, Bangladesh is ranked as one of the main countries for Software Piracy.[6] In 2008, it was estimated that the Software Industry loses nearly $102 million (USD) every year as a result.[7]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "CIA World Factbook - Bangladesh". CIA World Factbook.
  2. ^ Bangladesh transit route for heroin trafficking Archived 2008-04-04 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ a b "Analysis of the world situation" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-10-06. Retrieved 2008-03-08.
  4. ^ "100,000 people involved in drug trade in Bangladesh".
  5. ^ Dilip K. Das, Michael Palmiotto (2006). World Police Encyclopedia. Taylor & Francis. p. 69. ISBN 0-415-94251-9.
  6. ^ Bangladesh tops software piracy in Asia Pacific , Article by The Daily Star Published on 2009-05-15
  7. ^ "2008 Software Piracy losses by Country".

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