The darknet is often touted as the go-to place for buying and selling drugs. With its additional layers of privacy and anonymity, as well as a global reach, deep web marketplaces have become synonymous with online drugs sales. But the 2016 World Drug Report shows there is very little impact on the international drug trade, despite the darknet becoming increasingly popular.
People who buy and sell drugs on the darknet will usually do so in exchange for Bitcoin. As a result, many people see cryptocurrency as a currency only used by criminals. But when looking at the overall statistics, the drug economy continues to be fueled by cash, money transfers, and bank transactions.
The Darknet Is A Small Blip On The International Radar
Over the past few years, there have been several darknet-related drug arrests all over the world. While it is true online narcotics sales are going up every quarter, they do little to impact the overall drug trade. When both industries are on the rise, one has very little impact on the other in the grand scheme of things.