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  • Episode 1: Human Cargo

  • For migrants crossing illegally from Mexico to the US, surviving the desert is hard enough. But immigrants also face extortion, miserable conditions and are sometimes forced into prostitution.

  • Episode 1: Human Cargo

  • For illegal migrants crossing from Mexico to the US, threats come not just from the border patrol and the desert, but also from human traffickers.

  • Episode 2: Ghost Guns

  • Many criminals are after the untraceable ghost gun, which is an exact replica that was never legitimate and has no ballistic record until it’s fired.

  • Episode 2: Ghost Guns

  • Gangsters, pimps and international drug cartels are all after untraceable guns. Enter the ghost gun: an illegitimate exact replica that has no ballistic record.

  • Episode 3: Illegal Gambling

  • Millions of people love to gamble. But some gambling is restricted or illegal, pushing them underground, where the rules are very different – if you want to play, it could cost you your life.

  • Episode 3: Illegal Gambling

  • Millions of people love to gamble. But some gambling is restricted or illegal, pushing them underground, where the rules are very different – if you want to play, it could cost you your life.

  • Episode 4: Sex For Sale

  • Take a look inside the illegal sex trade where pimps treat women as commodities, bought and sold, used and abused, then discarded.

  • Episode 4: Sex For Sale

  • Brothels. Massage parlours, Online escort agencies. Take a look inside this illegal trade where pimps treat women as commodities – bought and sold, used and abused, then discarded.

  • Episode 5: Fake Pharma

  • Go inside the underground economy of knockoff pharma as the cops crack down on the trade, and the consequences are deadly.

  • Episode 6: Knock-Offs

  • The black market can be brutal, exploitative, and corrupt. Nothing is off-limits; everything is for sale. But what you buy is not always what it seems.

  • Episode 6: Knock-Offs

  • The booming fakes trade comes with real risks as the fakers are in a cat and mouse game with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

  • Episode 7: Moonshine Mayhem

  • Black market moonshine is big business – high-proof, low-cost, untaxed and illegal. But the law is cracking down and urban bootleggers are bringing fresh competition.

  • Episode 8: Car Jackers

  • Increased automobile security means that car criminals are becoming more ingenious than ever. Gangs are working together to steal cars and finding that car theft can be far more profitable than selling drugs.

  • Episode 9: The Organ Trade

  • With legal supply unable to meet demand, the black market organ trade is thriving, and gangsters with global reach are pocketing easy money.

  • Episode 10: The Money Laundry

  • Follow the dirty drug dollars from American trap houses to wholesalers and transporters. With U.S. authorities 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.

  • Episode 11: Fracking Hell

  • 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.

  • Episode 12: Las Vegas Hustle

  • From card cheats, to armed robbers, 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 and an army of security staff.

  • Episode 13: The Black Market

  • In a vast network that stretches beyond national borders, thieves work together to deliver products to customers across the globe however, police are upping their game and they are closing in the criminals.

  • Episode 14: Pirates

  • A new breed of pirates is terrorising merchant seamen and fuel tankers in the South China Sea - one of the most important shipping lanes in the world on the hunt for black gold. With 25% of the world's poil at stake, global groups have now tuned to elite teams of specialists.

About the Show

The black market can be brutal, exploitative, and corrupt. Nothing is off-limits; everything is for sale. And what you buy may not be what it seems. Workers, suppliers, sellers, customers – and the law enforcement trying to keep it in check – share their experience of a hidden world that touches us all.

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