Christmas is only a few weeks away. I’m sure you’re feeling the pressure. There are probably people from whom you must buy presents.
You might be tempted to save a few bucks. After all, a deal’s a deal. But sometimes savings come in the form of counterfeit goods. Brand name knock offs are popular all over the country. They sell them on street corners and online.
Sure, you’ll save some money over the real version. But some of those discounted goods might be going to fund something bad. Very, very bad.
From New York Times:
A false door at the back of a cramped New York City store swung open to disclose a secret room lined with counterfeit Prada, Gucci and Fendi bags and wallets.
It’s very cloak-and-dagger,” said a British tourist, who declined to give her name and who had been lured to the store by a smooth salesman.
Fake designer bags are part of a $500 billion global trade in counterfeit goods, and the U.S. authorities say that some of that money is funding terrorism.
The Department of Homeland Security [has] made 14,000 seizures of counterfeit goods worth a total of $155 million.
“It’s virtually all profit and it isn’t funding anything good,” the city police commissioner, Raymond Kelly, told a conference on counterfeiting this month. “It is a threat to democracy and a threat to the rule of law.”
The U.S. authorities have also said that another group sells counterfeit goods, including fake Viagra, to support Hezbollah, the militant group in Lebanon.
It’s hard to imagine that a cheap purse can lead to deaths. But that’s what federal authorities are finding out. Makes sense, when you think about it. Terrorist funding murder, with their victims’ cash!
The cheap knock offs are mass produced in sweat shops. Terrorist groups can buy them at low prices. They then sell them all over the world for a huge profit. Those profits can go to help killers wreak havoc.
Scary thought. This Christmas season, be sure to buy the real thing. It may cost a little more, but you’ll have peace of mind. None of your cash will go to harming innocents.
Source: New York Times