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British H.M. Revenue & Customs officers with seized smuggled tobacco, 2014.[1]
British H.M. Revenue & Customs officers with seized smuggled tobacco, 2014.[1]
A skirmish with smugglers from Finland at the Russian border, 1853. A painting by Vasily Hudiakov.
A skirmish with smugglers from Finland at the Russian border, 1853. A painting by Vasily Hudiakov.

Smuggling is the illegal transportation of objects, substances, information or people, such as out of a house or buildings, into a prison, or across an international border, in violation of applicable laws or other regulations.

There are various motivations to smuggle. These include the participation in illegal trade, such as in the drug trade, illegal weapons trade, exotic wildlife trade, illegal immigration or illegal emigration, tax evasion, providing contraband to a prison inmate, or the theft of the items being smuggled.

Smuggling is a common theme in literature, from Bizet's opera Carmen to the James Bond spy books (and later films) Diamonds are Forever and Goldfinger.

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From botched breast implants filled with cocaine, to a tiger cub in a suitcase, here are 10 of the craziest smuggling attempts… 10. Cockatoos in Water Bottles Smugglers come up with ingenious, and often very cruel ways to try to take animals through customs. They stand to make a lot of money if they are successful, but treating animals like a commodity leads to them being treated very badly. One of the clearest examples of this happened in 2015, when officials in Indonesia found 24 Cockatoos that had been stuffed into water bottles. The critically endangered species can sell for as much at 1,000 dollars on the black market, but with less than 7,000 of them thought to remain in the wild it’s vital that they are protected. Luckily on this occasion the birds were found and freed before they could be taken out of the country, but bird smuggling is a real problem in Indonesia. About 10,000 parrots are thought to be caught and sold each year, with more than 40% of them believed to die in transit because of the horrible conditions they are kept in. 9. Watermelons Full of Weed Despite the fact that marijuana is becoming increasingly legal across the United States and around the world, there’s still a massive industry based around the illegal transportation and sale of the drug. Smugglers conceal it within everyday objects to try and cover up the smell. This failed attempt in May of 2015 was trying to do just that. At the port of Nogales, Arizona, a Customs Border Patrol dog alerted officers to a suspicious shipment on a tractor-trailer rig, so they investigated further. The boxes they found were full of watermelons, but some looked kind of weird. What the smugglers had done was hidden bales of marijuana mixed in with the fruit that were wrapped in a way to make them look like watermelon. Of course, it became quite obvious once officers realized what they were looking for, and the smugglers must not have done a good job, because in total, they found 128 bales that contained 1,455 pounds of weed. This would have been worth about 728,000 dollars if sold on the black market, and the driver soon found his whole shipment being confiscated and, in the end, incinerated. 8. Cocaine Breast Implants You’ve probably heard of people trying to conceal drugs inside themselves to try and smuggle them on an airplane or across a border, but this next story takes it to a whole new level. In 2012, a woman who was travelling from Bogotá, Colombia to Barcelona, Spain was acting pretty strangely. Customs officials pulled her aside for questioning. Unconvinced by her responses, they decided to take her to one of the back rooms to conduct a more thorough search. The female officer conducting the investigation soon noticed some bandages around the woman’s breasts that were soaked in blood. She asked about them, and the woman claimed she had recently had breast enhancement surgery. The officer removed the bandages and found, to her surprise, that there were open wounds on each breast, with no attempt at stitching at all. She must have been in extreme pain and was bleeding quite badly. Furthermore, there were clearly visible plastic bags protruding from the wounds. The traveller was immediately sent to the local hospital where the full extent of what had happened was discovered. Within each breast was a bag containing 1.5 pounds of pure uncut cocaine. 7. Pigeon in Pants In 2009, a 23-year-old Melbourne local thought he had come up with a fool-proof plan for smuggling two pigeons into Australia on his return from Dubai. Customs officials thought he was behaving somewhat suspiciously so decided to search him. They couldn’t believe how brazen his attempt at smuggling was. First of all they found a money belt that contained bird eggs, seeds and samples of eggplant. Australia has very strict biosecurity laws to protect the environment, and this was a blatant breach since he was trying to hide it. It wasn’t even the worst thing he had, though, because as they continued their search they found two live pigeons stuffed in his pants. He was wearing tights, and had a bird down each leg, each of which was wrapped in packaging to ensure they wouldn’t escape. Why someone would want to sneak pigeons from Dubai is beyond me. Am I missing something? The man was referred to the quarantine agency to decide how to proceed with the case. Smuggling animals in this way risks up to 10 years in jail, and a fine of up to 110,000 Australian dollars, which is the equivalent to about 88,000 US dollars. Add the eggs and the seeds and hopefully they taught him a lesson. And now for number 6 but first if you are new here, be sure to subscribe!! 6. Cheese in the Spare Tire Custom and border protection officers are responsible for ensuring contraband doesn’t enter the country, but it’s not just weapons and drugs that they watch out for. In 2011 they noticed a significant increase in the amount of agricultural and food products being smuggled into the US by people who had been vacationing in Mexico. Quite often people will try to bring things across the border because they are cheaper to buy, or simply unavailable at home- but there is usually a good reason for this. It could be for food safety reasons, or because appropriate levels of tax needs to be paid on goods. On the 28th December that year, they found one of the biggest hauls of illegal food ever. A 2008 Chevrolet HHR raised suspicions as it tried to enter El Paso along with a negative declaration for any plant, fruit, meat, or vegetable products. Inspection found this to be a false declaration, because they went on to find 10 wheels of cheese that were hidden in the spare tire well. This was 116.5 pounds of cheese, all of which was seized and destroyed before the owner was given a $697.84 fine- the estimated value of the cheese if it had been bought domestically. Is it even worth it? 5. Fried Fish Stuffed with Cocaine In 2015, a Jamaican passenger thought she had gotten away with her smuggling attempt when she arrived at Miami international airport, but when customs officials decided to put her luggage through an x-ray scanner, they spotted something that didn’t quite look right. There were numerous packets of stuffed fried fish, but the images looked really odd on the scanner so they decided to investigate more closely. Finding that some the fish had been sewn together and felt fatter than the others set off all kinds of red flags. Who travels with fried fish tied together?? They cut them open and found large packages of cocaine inside. In total the woman was carrying more than 2 pounds of the drug, worth up to $150,000 on the streets. Needless to say the fried fish were confiscated, and the woman was arrested for trying to bring narcotics into the country. 4. Spiders in a Suitcase This next attempt at animal smuggling is one of the creepiest things ever! Lee Ardern, a Welsh Pet Store owner, was boarding a flight from Rio De Janeiro’s international airport to Europe when an x-ray operator saw some unusual images in his bags as they were being scanned. Police were immediately called and began to search through his luggage. Inside they found a large number of white boxes, that were chock full of live spiders. In total there were over 1,000 tarantulas in his bags- which he planned on selling from his store when he had returned home. At the time, it was the largest number of animals that had been found being smuggled through the airport. Could you imagine if they all got out somehow and started scattering all over the plane?? People are trying to smuggle animals more and more every year. It’s believed that 10 million animals are removed from Brazil’s rainforests each year, and only about 50,000 are rescued from traffickers. Ardern was arrested, and prosecuted for the illegal trade of protected wildlife. His fine was set at about 750,000 dollars and he also faced up to a year in jail. Is it enough for this type of crime? What do you think? Let us know in the comments below!! 3. Lube Bottles of Steroids Steroids are another type of drug that are sold on the black market and smuggled between countries. Techniques to find them are just as advanced as other drugs, so people trying to transport them have to come up with creative ways to try and get around the authorities. Perhaps the craziest known attempt happened in 2008, and it happened on a really large scale. The demand for steroids was increasing in the lead up to the Olympics- not by professional athletes, but by gym goers who wanted to look better. But how could the dealers get them into the country from Thailand? The answer, they decided, was by hiding the liquid inside bottles that were labelled as ‘gay lube oil’. More than 150 bottles were seized in raids across Australia and, rather than lube, they were found to contain a range of ingredients including testosterone and deca durabolin. It was thought that most of them had been imported by mail, rather than being carried in by people, which just goes to show how many different routes that customs officials have to watch to prevent contraband from entering a country. 2. Tiger in a Suitcase Many countries in the world have unique wildlife, and have to keep strict control over people trying to remove them illegally. In 2010, a Thai woman called Piyawan Palasarn was acting very suspiciously as she was trying to board a flight to Iran. She had a large suitcase, which officials thought looked way to full and heavy, so they sent it through an x-ray scanner. Within the case they saw two stuffed tiger toys, along with a real, live, 2 month old tiger cub that had been drugged to keep it still. Fortunately the cub was rescued before any long lasting damage was done. If she had been successful, and the poor tiger cub had survived the flight, she would have been able to sell it in Iran. Exotic animals are extremely popular there and can sell for around 3,200 dollars. Instead, the cub was taken to a local sanctuary for experts to figure out if it was from the wild or bred in captivity, and Piyawan was arrested- facing a fine of up to 1,300 dollars and a possible jail term of up to 4 years. 1. Cocaine Leg Cast Cocaine is one of the most profitable substances in the world, so it can earn massive rewards for those willing to take the risk to sell and transport it. Of course, there are many downsides to it as well, and for those who do get involved with it, punishments can be long lasting. Spain is a popular gateway to take the drug into Europe, so their customs officials are well trained in identifying unusual passengers, particularly from South America, and finding their contraband. In 2009, a 66-year-old Chilean man with a broken leg landed at Barcelona airport, and officials soon began to believe that there was more going on here than it initially seemed. After investigating, they applied a chemical that tests for cocaine, and found that his entire leg cast had been made from it. This really was a brazen attempt at smuggling the drug right under the noses of officials, and he was also found to have 6 beer cans and two hollowed out stools that also contained the drug. In total he was carrying 10.7 pounds of cocaine, potentially worth millions of dollars. Despite this, the most troubling part of the story was his leg. Subsequent X-ray scans showed that he did have an open fracture of the tibia and the fibula, so he definitely needed a cast- but at the time officers were still unsure whether he had been injured in an accident, or had purposefully hurt himself, or maybe someone else had broken his leg, in order to try and smuggle the drugs through security checks. Thanks for watching! Be sure to subscribe and see you next time!



The verb smuggle, from Low German smuggeln or Dutch smokkelen (="to transport (goods) illegally"), apparently a frequentative formation of a word meaning "to sneak", most likely entered the English language during the 1600s–1700s.[2]


A book with a concealed space for hiding cigarettes.
A book with a concealed space for hiding cigarettes.

Smuggling has a long and controversial history, probably dating back to the first time at which duties were imposed in any form, or any attempt was made to prohibit a form of traffic. Smuggling is often associated with efforts by authorities to prevent the importation of certain contraband items or non-taxed goods; however, there has also been smuggling based on illegally exporting goods. In England smuggling first became a recognised problem in the 13th century, following the creation of a national customs collection system by Edward I in 1275.[3] Medieval smuggling tended to focus on the export of highly taxed export goods — notably wool and hides.[4] Merchants also, however, sometimes smuggled other goods to circumvent prohibitions or embargoes on particular trades. Grain, for instance, was usually prohibited from export, unless prices were low, because of fears that grain exports would raise the price of food in England and thus cause food shortages and / or civil unrest. Following the loss of Gascony to the French in 1453, imports of wine were also sometimes embargoed during wars to try and deprive the French of the revenues that could be earned from their main export.

Most studies of historical smuggling have been based on official sources — such as court records, or the letters of Revenue Officers. A senior academic of the University of Bristol states that they only detail the activities of those dumb enough to get caught.[5] This has led him and others, such as Prof. H. V. Bowen of the University of Swansea to use commercial records to reconstruct smuggling businesses.[6] Jones' study focuses on smuggling in Bristol in the mid-16th century, arguing that the illicit export of goods like grain and leather represented a significant part of the city's business, with many members of the civic elite engaging in it, whether by disguised/hidden transport or mis-description of goods.[7] Grain smuggling by members of the civic elite, often working closely with corrupt customs officers, has also been shown to have been prevalent in East Anglia during the later 16th century.[8]

In England wool was smuggled to the continent in the 17th century, under the pressure of high excise taxes. In 1724 Daniel Defoe wrote of Lymington, Hampshire, on the south coast of England

"I do not find they have any foreign commerce, except it be what we call smuggling and roguing; which I may say, is the reigning commerce of all this part of the English coast, from the mouth of the Thames to the Land's End in Cornwall."[9]

The high rates of duty levied on tea and also wine and spirits, and other luxury goods coming in from mainland Europe at this time made the clandestine import of such goods and the evasion of the duty a highly profitable venture for impoverished fishermen and seafarers. In certain parts of the country such as the Romney Marsh, East Kent, Cornwall and East Cleveland, the smuggling industry was for many communities more economically significant than legal activities such as farming and fishing. The principal reason for the high duty was the need for the government to finance a number of extremely expensive wars with France and the United States.

Before the era of drug smuggling and human trafficking, smuggling had acquired a kind of nostalgic romanticism, in the vein of Robert Louis Stevenson's Kidnapped:

"Few places on the British coast did not claim to be the haunts of wreckers or mooncussers.[10] The thievery was boasted about and romanticized until it seemed a kind of heroism. It did not have any taint of criminality and the whole of the south coast had pockets vying with one another over whose smugglers were the darkest or most daring. The Smugglers Inn was one of the commonest names for a bar on the coast".[11]

In Henley Road, smuggling in colonial times was a reaction to the heavy taxes and regulations imposed by mercantilist trade policies. After American independence in 1783, smuggling developed at the edges of the United States at places like Passamaquoddy Bay, St. Mary's in Georgia, Lake Champlain, and Louisiana. During Thomas Jefferson's embargo of 1807-1809, these same places became the primary places where goods were smuggled out of the nation in defiance of the law. Like Britain, a gradual liberalization of trade laws as part of the free trade movement meant less smuggling. in 1907 President Theodore Roosevelt tried to cut down on smuggling by establishing the Roosevelt Reservation along the United States-Mexico Border.[12][13] Smuggling revived in the 1920s during Prohibition, and drug smuggling became a major problem after 1970. In the 1990s, when economic sanctions were imposed on Serbia, a large percent of the population lived off smuggling petrol and consumer goods from neighboring countries. The state unofficially allowed this to continue or otherwise the entire economy would have collapsed.

In modern times, as many first-world countries have struggled to contain a rising influx of immigrants, the smuggling of people across national borders has become a lucrative extra-legal activity, as well as the extremely dark side, people-trafficking, especially of women who may be enslaved typically as prostitutes.

Types of smuggling


The International Anti-Opium Association, Peking "The War Against Opium"
The International Anti-Opium Association, Peking "The War Against Opium"
Road sign at the Canada-US border prohibiting cannabis, Abercorn, Québec (2018)
Road sign at the Canada-US border prohibiting cannabis, Abercorn, Québec (2018)

Much smuggling occurs when enterprising merchants attempt to supply demand for a good or service that is illegal or heavily taxed. As a result, illegal drug trafficking, and the smuggling of weapons (illegal arms trade), as well as the historical staples of smuggling, alcohol and tobacco,[14] are widespread. As the smuggler faces significant risk of civil and criminal penalties if caught with contraband, smugglers are able to impose a significant price premium on smuggled goods. The profits involved in smuggling goods appear to be extensive. The Iron Law of Prohibition dictates that greater enforcement results in more potent alcohol and drugs being smuggled.

Profits also derive from avoiding taxes or levies on imported goods. For example, a smuggler might purchase a large quantity of cigarettes in a place with low taxes and smuggle them into a place with higher taxes, where they can be sold at a far higher margin than would otherwise be possible. It has been reported that smuggling one truckload of cigarettes within the United States can lead to a profit of US$2 million.[15]

People smuggling

With regard to people smuggling, a distinction can be made between people smuggling as a service to those wanting to illegally migrate and the involuntary trafficking of people. An estimated 90% of people who illegally crossed the border between Mexico and the United States are believed to have paid a smuggler to lead them across.[16]

People smuggling can be used to rescue a person from oppressive circumstances. For example, when the Southern United States allowed slavery, many slaves moved north via the Underground Railroad. Similarly, during the Holocaust, Jewish people were smuggled out of Germany by people such as Algoth Niska.

Human trafficking

A poster warning the German women and girls about the danger of human traffic in the USA (ca 1900)
A poster warning the German women and girls about the danger of human traffic in the USA (ca 1900)
Actress and UNICEF Ambassador Lucy Liu spoke out against human trafficking and lauded USAID efforts to increase awareness
Actress and UNICEF Ambassador Lucy Liu spoke out against human trafficking and lauded USAID efforts to increase awareness

Trafficking of human beings, sometimes called human trafficking, or in the much referred to case of sexual services, sex trafficking, is not the same as people smuggling. A smuggler will facilitate illegal entry into a country for a fee, and on arrival at their destination, the smuggled person is free; the trafficking victim is coerced in some way. Victims do not agree to be trafficked: they are tricked, lured by false promises, or forced into it. Traffickers use coercive tactics including deception, fraud, intimidation, isolation, physical threats and use of force, debt bondage or even force-feeding drugs to control their victims.

While the majority of victims are women,[17] and sometimes children, other victims include men, women and children forced or conned into manual or cheap labor. Due to the illegal nature of trafficking, the exact extent is unknown. A U.S. government report published in 2003 estimates that 800,000-900,000 people worldwide are trafficked across borders each year.[18] This figure does not include those who are trafficked internally.

Child trafficking

According to a study by Alternatives to Combat Child Labour Through Education and Sustainable Services in the Middle East and North Africa Region (ACCESS-MENA) 30% of school children living in border villages of Yemen had been smuggled into Saudi Arabia. Child trafficking is commonly referenced as "transporting". Smuggled children were in danger of being sexually abused or even killed.[19] Poverty is one of the reasons behind child trafficking and some children are smuggled with their parents' consent via a transporter. As many as 50% of those smuggled are children. In the Philippines, between 60,000 and 100,000 children are trafficked to work in the sex industry.[20]

Human trafficking and migration

Each year, hundreds of thousands of migrants are moved illegally by highly organized international smuggling and trafficking groups, often in dangerous or inhumane conditions. This phenomenon has been growing in recent years as people of low income countries are aspiring to enter developed countries in search of jobs. Migrant smuggling and human trafficking are two separate offences and differ in a few central respects. While "smuggling" refers to facilitating the illegal entry of a person into a State, "trafficking" includes an element of exploitation.

The trafficker retains control over the migrant—through force, fraud or coercion—typically in the sex industry, through forced labour or through other practices similar to slavery. Trafficking violates the idea of basic human rights. The overwhelming majority of those trafficked are women and children. These victims are commodities in a multibillion-dollar global industry. Criminal organizations are choosing to traffic human beings because, unlike other commodities, people can be used repeatedly and because trafficking requires little in terms of capital investment.

Smuggling is also reaping huge financial dividends to criminal groups who charge migrants massive fees for their services. Intelligence reports have noted that drug-traffickers and other criminal organizations are switching to human cargo to obtain greater profit with less risk.[21]

It is acknowledged that the smuggling of people is a growing global phenomenon.[22] It is a transnational crime. Currently, economic instability appears to be the main reason for illegal migration movement throughout the world. Nevertheless, many of the willing migrants undertake the hazardous travel to their destination country with criminal syndicates specialized in people smuggling. These syndicates arrange everything for the migrants, but at a high price.

Very often the traveling conditions are inhumane: the migrants are overcrowded in trucks or boats and fatal accidents occur frequently. After their arrival in the destination country, their illegal status puts them at the mercy of their smugglers, which often force the migrants to work for years in the illegal labor market to pay off the debts incurred as a result of their transportation.[23]


A smuggler of rare birds arrested by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection at a U.S. border
A smuggler of rare birds arrested by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection at a U.S. border

Wildlife smuggling results from the demand for exotic species and the lucrative nature of the trade. The CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) regulates the movement of endangered wildlife across political borders.[24]

Economics of smuggling

Research on smuggling as economic phenomenon is scant. Jagdish Bhagwati and Bent Hansen first forwarded a theory of smuggling in which they saw smuggling essentially as an import-substituting economic activity. Their main consideration, however, was the welfare implications of smuggling. Against common belief that the private sector is more efficient than the public sector, they showed that smuggling might not enhance social welfare though it may divert resources from government to private sector.[25]

In contrast, Faizul Latif Chowdhury, in 1999, suggested a production-substituting model of smuggling in which price disparity due to cost of supply is critically important as an incentive for smuggling.[26] This price disparity is caused by domestic consumption taxes and import duties. Drawing attention to the case of cigarettes, Chowdhury suggested that, in Bangladesh, smuggling of cigarettes reduced the level of domestic production. Domestic production of cigarettes is subject to value added tax (VAT) and other consumption tax. Reduction of domestic taxes enables the local producer to supply at a lower cost and bring down the price disparity that encourages smuggling.

However, Chowdhury suggested that there is a limit beyond which reducing domestic taxes on production cannot confer a competitive advantage versus smuggled cigarettes. Therefore, government needs to upscale its anti-smuggling drive so that seizures (the taking possession of person or property by legal process) can add to the cost of smuggling and thus render smuggling uncompetitive. Notably, Chowdhury modeled the relationship of the smuggler to the local producer as one of antagonistic duopoly.

Contrarily, in a research by Tat Chee Tsui in 2016, even if increasing of cigarette duty may encourage smuggling, total cigarette consumption still declines because price of illicit goods, as substitutes of taxed cigarettes, also increases because of higher tax rate.[27]


X-ray of an abdomen piled up with cocaine
X-ray of an abdomen piled up with cocaine

In smuggling, concealment can involve concealing the smuggled goods on a person's clothing, luggage or inside a body cavity. Some smugglers hide the whole transportation vehicle or ship used to bring the items into an area. Avoiding border checks, such as by small ships, private airplanes, through overland smuggling routes, smuggling tunnels and even small submersibles.[28][29] This also applies for illegally passing a border oneself, for illegal immigration or illegal emigration. In many parts of the world, particularly the Gulf of Mexico, the smuggling vessel of choice is the go-fast boat.

Submitting to border checks with the goods or people hidden in a vehicle or between (other) merchandise, or the goods hidden in luggage, in or under clothes, inside the body (see body cavity search, balloon swallower and mule), etc. Many smugglers fly on regularly scheduled airlines. A large number of suspected smugglers are caught each year by customs worldwide. Goods and people are also smuggled across seas hidden in containers, and overland hidden in cars, trucks, and trains. A related topic is illegally passing a border oneself as a stowaway. The high level of duty levied on alcohol and tobacco in Britain has led to large-scale smuggling from France to the UK through the Channel Tunnel. The combination of acknowledged corruption at the border and high import tariffs led smugglers in the 1970s and ‘80s to fly electronic equipment such as stereos and televisions in cargo planes from one country to clandestine landing strips in another, thereby circumventing encounters at the frontier between countries.[30]

For illegally passing a border oneself, another method is with a false passport (completely fake, or illegally changed, or the passport of a lookalike).

The existence of the Multi-Consignment Contraband (MCC) smuggling method (smuggling two or more different types of contraband such as drugs and illegal immigrants or drugs and guns at the same time) was verified following the completion of a study that found 16 documented cases of smugglers transporting more than one type of contraband in the same shipment.[31] MCC shipments were frequently associated with Phase II and Phase III smuggling organizations.

Legal definition

In popular perception smuggling is synonymous with illegal trade. Even social scientists have misconstrued smuggling as illegal trade.[32] While the two have indeed identical objectives, namely the evasion of taxes and the importation of contraband items, their demand and cost functions are altogether different requiring different analytical framework. As a result, illegal trade through customs stations is differently considered, and smuggling is defined as international trade through ‘unauthorized route’.[citation needed] A seaport, airport or land port which has not been authorized by the government for importation and exportation is an ‘unauthorized route’. The legal definition of these occurs in the Customs Act of the country. Notably, some definitions define any 'undeclared' trafficking of currency and precious metal as smuggling. Smuggling is a cognizable offense in which both the smuggled goods and the goods are punishable.

See also


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Further reading

  • Andreas, Peter. Smuggler Nation: How Illicit Trade Made America. New York: Oxford University Press, 2013.
  • Díaz, George T. Border Contraband: A History of Smuggling across the Rio Grande (University of Texas Press, 2015) xiv, 241 pp. excerpt
  • Graham, Frank, Smuggling in Cornwall (Newcastle upon Tyne, V. Graham, 1964).
  • Graham, Frank, Smuggling in Devon (Newcastle upon Tyne, Frank Graham, 1968).
  • Harper, Charles G., Smugglers: Picturesque chapters in the Story of an Ancient Craft (Newcastle upon Tyne, Frank Graham, 1966)
  • Jones, Evan T., 'Illicit business: accounting for smuggling in mid-sixteenth century Bristol', Economic History Review, 54 (2001). Winner of the Economic History Society's "T.S. Ashton Prize" in 2001, freely available online.
  • Jones, Evan T, Inside the Illicit Economy: Reconstructing the Smugglers' Trade of Sixteenth Century Bristol (Ashgate, June 2012)
  • Karras, Alan. Smuggling: Contraband and Corruption in World History (Lanham, Rowman and Littlefield, 2010) 199 pp.
  • Morley, Geoffrey, Smuggling in Hampshire & Dorset 1700-1850 (Newbury: Countryside Books, 1983). ISBN 0-905392-24-8.
  • Rattenbury, John, Memoirs of a Smuggler (Newcastle upon Tyne, V. Graham, 1964).
  • Smith, Joshua M., Borderland Smuggling: Patriots, Loyalists and Illicit Trade in the Northeast, 1783–1820 (Gainesville, University Press of Florida, 2006). ISBN 0-8130-2986-4.
  • Waugh, Mary, Smuggling in Kent and Sussex 1700–1840 (Countryside Books, 1985, updated 2003). ISBN 0-905392-48-5.

External links

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