- New research about the habits of online drug dealers in Australia and abroad shows that technologies like cryptocurrencies and encrypted messaging apps have supercharged the industry.
- Interviewees claim that the financial benefits combined with reduced risk of arrest or violence motivated their decision to sell drugs online.
- Researchers also noticed that online selling has led to ‘gentrification’ of the industry, allowing sellers to avoid parts of the profession they deem unattractive.
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Ecommerce has revolutionised nearly every industry on earth — including the sale of illegal drugs.
New research on the habits of drug dealers from Australia and the globe reveals that they’re embracing selling in online markets, particularly those using cryptocurrencies.
The Australian Institute of Criminology’s How and why vendors sell on cryptomarketsused anonymous interviews via with 13 drug dealers, ranging from those who sold less than $10,000 to large scale operations bringing in more than $100,000 in yearly …