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ISBN-13 9780132822558ISBN-10 0132822555
ISBN-10 0132180243ISBN-13 9780132180245
Author(s): Hitha Prabhakar
Publisher: FT Press
Copyright year: © 2012 Pages: 336

Organized retail crime is now a $38 billion business. Synchronized global teams using advanced technologies are stealing massive amounts of products–and, if that’s not bad enough, the profits are being used to support terrorist groups bent on destroying America. In this eye-opening exposé, veteran journalist and retail consultant Hitha Prabhakar connects the dots and follows the money, taking you inside the world’s fastest-growing criminal industry.

You’ll learn how the Internet, social media, and disposable cell phones have opened the flood gates for US-based domestic and international criminals, and how multimillion-dollar thefts are funding everyone from Al-Qaeda to the MS-13. Prabhakar introduces you to participants at every level of the chain, from consumer to terrorist, and shows how thieves and crime rings are at work in industries ranging from cigarettes to baby formula, designer handbags to couture dresses.

Black Market Billions draws on extensive first-person interviews with government, law enforcement, and industry task forces, as well as some of the thieves or “boosters” themselves.  She explains how retailers and consumers are being duped by sophisticated criminal networks… why the piracy economy has exploded in recent years… why preventive measures have failed… and what to expect next, as organized retail crime reaches a terrifying critical mass.