Things aren’t always what they seem to be. Buying a fake watch or handbag might seem like a cheap thrill, but the profits can sometimes go toward even bigger illegal activities, such as child labor and terrorism.
Factories in India, China and Japan create carbon copies of the latest “it” bags, and then ship them off to big cities like New York and Miami, where they are then sold to consumers looking for a good deal.
“It’s very inexpensive to produce,” said Hitha Prabhakar, author of the book “Black Market Billions.” “They end up putting [the counterfeit goods] in these unmarked containers and sending it overseas -- which are then delivered by boat to ports all over the country.”
The fake goods ends up not only on the streets, but in stores and online.
“How do you stop these products from coming into the country?” Katie asked.
“The only way we’re going to solve this problem is by educating the consumer,” said James Dinkins, Executive Associate Director, Homeland SecurityRead More »from The Hidden World of Counterfeit Purses