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Each year the U.S. economy is flush with more than $500 billion generated in illegal transactions. From sex, weapons and drugs to gambling and counterfeit merchandise, nothing is off limits and seemingly everything is for sale. In "Underworld, Inc.," National Geographic Channel is granted unprecedented access to this "free" enterprise. Workers, suppliers, sellers, customers -- and law enforcement personnel trying to keep it in check -- share their experiences of an underground industry that is brutal, exploitive and corrupt.

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As automobile security advances, car criminals are becoming more ingenious than ever; gang members work together to steal cars, which can be more profitable than selling drugs.
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Following dirty drug money from American trap houses to wholesalers and transporters; funneling billions into Mexico's money laundry.
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While 14 people die each day waiting for a kidney transplant, the black market organ trade is thriving; gangsters with global reach pocket easy money in an illegal trade driven by desperation.
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Going underground to view the enterprise and expertise of counterfeiting, worth an estimated $500 billion a year; from watches and purses to shoes and electronics.
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Being high-proof, low-cost, untaxed and illegal has made the black market for moonshine a big business; urban bootleggers bring in fresh competition and the law is cracking down.
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Some forms of gambling are restricted or illegal and get pushed underground where the rules are very different.
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Cargo thieves stop at nothing to get their product into the black market, where customers buy with no questions asked.
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The remote prairie town of Williston, N.D. is exposed to prostitution, extortion, drug dealing and theft from an oil fracking boom and subsequent bust.
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From card cheats to armed robbers, criminals make a beeline for the casinos of Las Vegas.
aired 134 days ago
Pirates in the South China Sea won't back down in their search for black gold, the world's most precious commodity.
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In the underground economy of fake pharmaceuticals, buyers can find drugs on the Internet, in pharmacies and on the streets.
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Brutal stories documenting the pimps, madams and prostitutes of an industry that creates commodities out of people.
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Mexican cartels dominate a very profitable industry exporting undocumented migrants and squeezing them for cash; Central Americans head north to the US border with hopes for a brighter future, but people smugglers make it difficult to cross.
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Criminals look to completely untraceable guns to get away with crimes; uncovering the "ghost gun" that is potentially invisible to law enforcement.
aired 391 days ago
The endless battle of smuggling of firearms, fake drugs and human trafficking rages on between those breaking the law and those enforcing it.
aired 391 days ago
Exploring the cutthroat U.S. sex trade.
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Exploring real world hustlers that take control over supply and demand in the underworld economy, from illegal guns to human trafficking.

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