Underworld, Inc. explores America's Moonshine and liquor black market, from the Appalachian Mountains to NYC. Across the South, a new generation of Moonshiners make small batch, high quality 'shine. Their products are shipped north and east to urban markets thirsty for a taste of authentic liquor.
Increased car security has meant that car criminals are becoming more ingenious than ever. For the gangs car theft can be more profitable than selling drugs. In Santa Maria, CA, three cars are stolen every day. The criminals rush to get the cars out of state, and then via corrupt shippers, overseas.
The Organ Trade+
The global black market kidney trade is thriving. Legal supply can't meet the demand. This has created a shady underworld of mercenary brokers, middlemen and corrupt doctors. For big money, they exploit vulnerable donors and desperate recipients alike.
The Money Laundry+
We follow the dirty drug dollars from American trap houses to wholesalers and transporters, funnelling billions into Mexico's money laundry. US authorities are closing in on cartel cash. If drug lords want their narco cheddar cleaned and moved into the banking system, they have to get it to Mexico.
A new breed of pirates is terrorizing merchant seamen in the South China Sea - one of the most important shipping lanes in the world. They're on the hunt for black gold, targeting fuel tankers passing through. Local enforcement agencies are hot on their heels. But pirates have the advantage in international waters, where maritime law prevents coastguards from breaching borders. With 25% of the world's oil supply at stake, global groups bring in specialists to penetrate the pirate network. These investigators track phantom ships in search of middlemen making the deals. Their clients remain in the shadows; multi-millionaire moguls after a monopoly...
In Williston, North Dakota, an oil mining boom has brought tens of thousands of blue-collar workers to this once sleepy town. But the 21st century 'black gold rush' has also attracted black market operators into town. Laid-off oil workers are becoming this underworld's most resourceful criminals.
Las Vegas Hustle+
From card cheats, to armed robbers, to 'trick' rollers, criminals across America make a beeline for the casinos of Las Vegas. To defend themselves casinos have become crime fighting organizations - deploying state of the art surveillance backed up by an army of around 5000 security staff.
The Black Market+
From phones to guns, cargo thieves cost the American economy over $30 billion a year. Fueling the robbery industry are countless numbers of people willing to buy at discount prices. A vast criminal network stretches beyond national borders, thieves deliver products to customers across the globe.
For migrants surviving in the desert alone can be a brutal experience. Once in the traffickers clutches, migrants become a sort of human cargo.
Tricks Of The Trade+
As smugglers adapt to government tactics, officials enhance the scope of their ability to catch those breaking the law.
Underworld Inc.: Sex Trade+
Sex is a multi-billion-dollar industry in the United States. From the individual sex worker scraping by, to illegitimate citizens helped over the border and then forced into sex slavery, all the way up to high-end escorts and the pimps who profit from them- everyone's looking for their cut. But the sex industry often goes hand-in-hand with monstrous violence. In this cutthroat hierarchy, whoever holds the cash is king.
Many criminals are after untraceable guns. Enter the ghost gun: an exact replica that was never legitimate, and, has no ballistic record.
Millions of Americans love to gamble. But some forms of gambling are restricted or illegal, pushing them underground, where the rules are different.
The illegal, multi-billion dollar, global sex trade includes brothels, massage parlors, and online escort agencies and is one of the oldest professions. Take a look inside this illegal trade where pimps treat women as commodities - bought and sold, used and abused, then discarded. Go undercover with cops in Oakland posing as prostitutes to catch "johns" looking for sex. Meet Kassandra, a "renegade" who escaped her pimp and now works as an independent sex worker. Go inside a New York City brothel, where brothel madam Princess runs a mini sex dynasty And hear from a woman who escaped the industry, but now, after years of abuse, is still struggling...
Knock off Pharma is bigger than heroin . Its on the internet, in the pharmacies and on the streets. And the demand is growing. The cops crack down, busting pharma thieves, smugglers and back street pharmacists. The trade is getting ugly and the consequences are deadly.
The black market can be brutal. Workers, suppliers, customers and law enforcement share their experience of a hidden world that touches us all.
Underworld Inc: Kings & Queens, 1+