Deep web is increasingly being used as a medium to purchase drugs, and UK is among the global leaders in this mode of operations. Here are some of the reasons that cause this phenomenon.
According to recent research conducted by Rand Europe, United Kingdom ranks second in the world regarding the total number of online drug dealers, trailing only much larger United States. The original virtual drug marketplace, Silk Road, was taken down several years ago, but numerous other sites have sprouted in its place, offering a relatively safe environment for people involved in distribution of controlled substances. UK citizens are apparently enthusiastic users of this method, since an average UK dealer made twice as much through the online channel as his American counterpart. In total, UK accounts for 16% of the illegal drugs trade that takes place online.
While this finding is not surprising, it is worth examining some of the factors that contribute to it. Economic power of UK residents is not a sufficient explanation for the trend, since countries with comparable standard are nowhere near Britain when it comes to this type of illegal activity. It is also possible that migration of the drug trade towards the digital space is actually an improvement, since it is much easier to ascertain the credibility of a provider that operates in this way than with the traditional supply channels.
Government policies certainly have a lot to do with the boom of the virtual drugs trade. Until recently, UK had a vibrant market for legal psychoactive substances that kept a large percentage of users away from the underground sources. After legislative changes outlawed the stores of this kind, some distributors might have turned to deep web in order to continue with their business. Customers used to online orders from legal sites have simply switched to providers that could still deliver the goods despite the ban, and there happens to be no shortage of such shady entrepreneurs.
It appears obvious that the demand for psychoactive substances remains very strong in the UK and it looks extremely unlikely that law enforcement agencies will be able to shut down the online distribution hubs completely, no matter how much public resources they used for the task. For as long as people are willing to pay premium prices for illegal substances, someone will take the risk to procure them. The internet is simply a more convenient way to meet the demand and avoid the police at the same time, a next step in the evolution of the ages-old game of cat and mouse.
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