There are 9 profitable and shocking business in the world.
One of the most dangerous professions in the world.Northern California and other abalone-producing regions, where a thriving illegal trade has emerged. Authorities have begun slapping seafood merchants that deal in illegal shellfish with dizzying fines upwards of $40,000, but with poaching being so profitable, it doesn’t look to slow down anytime soon. While there is no hard annual data, red abalone can fetch up to a hundred dollars apiece.
Whether you run a restaurant, bar or grocery store, selling alcohol can be quite profitable. In fact, the most profitable restaurant in America in 2011, Tao Las Vegas, makes 75 percent of its income from alcohol sales. However, many establishments are significantly limited in the amount of revenue they can make from alcohol because of legal restrictions that govern the sale of drinks.In the United Sates, alcohol sales equal about $90 billion per year. Unlike many other entertainment expenses, alcohol sales even tend to thrive during most recessions. In fact, an alcohol industry analyst for Standard & Poor’s told CNN Money that people generally continue to drink through a recession.
The global drug trade generated an estimated US$321.6 billion in 2003. With a world GDP of US$36 trillion in the same year, the illegal drug trade may be estimated as nearly 1% of total global trade. Consumption of illegal drugs is widespread globally.Statistics about profits from the drug trade are largely unknown due to its illicit nature. In its 1997 World Drugs Report the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime estimated the value of the market at $4 trillion, ranking drugs alongside arms and oil among the world’s largest traded goods. An online report published by the UK Home Office in 2007 estimated the illicit drug market in the UK at £4–6.6 billion a year.
Gambling is a 400 billion dollar industry. This means there are 400 billion dollars on the table to grab, placed by punters and bettors worldwide. That is the gambling pie. Now, grab a spoon and read how you can take a bite.The gambling industry is mostly made up of sports betting operators, casinos and poker rooms. These are the industry’s big winners, due to how games are stacked against players. Bookmakers make money due to vig, casinos are guaranteed to profit due to the house edge and poker rooms receive rake from every pot.
5. Human Trafficking
An estimated 20.9 million people are victims of this evil.Efforts to wipe out this modern slave trade are hampered because human trafficking is a big business. It is impossible to know the exact sums involved but recent estimates of the value of the global trafficking trade have put it as high as $32 billion. The United Nations Global Initiative to Fight Human Trafficking describes it as a high-reward and low-risk crime. People come cheap and many countries lack the necessary laws to target traffickers, or they are not properly enforced. Worse still, it is often the victims of the traffickers that are treated as criminals.
6. Organ Trafficking
As of 2011, about 90,000 people were reported to have been waiting for a new organ.where? There is a worldwide shortage of organs available for transplantation, yet commercial trade in human organs was at one point illegal in all countries except Iran. The problem of illegal organ trafficking is widespread, although data on the exact scale of the organ market is difficult to obtain. Whether or not to legalize the organ trade to combat illegal trafficking and organ shortage is a subject of much debate. On average, an individual will wait three and a half years for an organ to become available for transplant.
Sex sells. As the number one income generator on the Internet today, pornography is a ripe business that will continue to grow along with the advancement of technology. With a reported annual growth rate of 40% since 1997, and the status of being the most queried subject on search engines, pornography is a thriving industry and one of the only successful e-businesses. For the past few years, entrepreneurs have been entering the world of dot coms, trying to find a business model that will survive on the web.
Pimps and traffickers raked in between $5,000 and $32,833 per week employing an average of five sex workers at a time (with a high rate of turnover). They charged johns an average of $150 per hour—a price point that was consistent across the country—though prices could vary depending on the age, race and drug use of the sex worker. Half of the pimps interviewed advertised online, and one fourth of those interviewed used sites like Backpage.
9. Sperm Bank
For-profit sperm banks such as Cryos, established in 1987, are among the businesses that are benefiting from these trends. Ole Schou, founder of Cryos, says his company processes sperm “like milk from a cow”. Like other sperm banks, it collects samples and tests and grades them. The different grades of sperm are sold at prices ranging from €40 to €1,000 per 0.5ml “straw” — which also reflects the amount of information Cryos publishes about the donor and whether he is open to future contact.