Drug Sales on Darknet Markets Have Tripled Since the Silk Road Bust

The government’s push to take down the original Silk Road was motivated by several factors but one in particular was especially interesting. Congress wanted to cut off online drug trade before the industry could grow became a trend. But according to research, the exact opposite has happened. Deepweb drug sales have since tripled.

According to a study conducted by Judith Aldridge from the University of Manchester and David Decary-Hetu from the University of Montreal, up to $21m in drugs are sold on the deepweb per month. The lowest recorded monthly sales collectively added up to $12m – double the number in 2013 right before the arrest of Ross Ulbricht.

Both Judith Aldridge and David Decary-Hetu are both well known for their published studies on the deepweb drug trade and the studies are incredibly detailed. Included in the study on increased drug trade online, they note that the major growth in online industry is significant but it’s still only a minute portion of the market as a whole. The study – notably conducted in Europe – compares the $21m monthly deepweb sales globally to the $2.3bn sales in Europe alone.

Even more noteworthy, in the study, is the connection between

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