19 November 2013 12:00 | By James Francis
Business This Week: Underground Hotels, More Millionaires And Manager Porn

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In recent weeks the world was abuzz with the closure of The Silk Road, a very secretive underground website where you could do anything from hire hitmen to buy drugs. Another version has already replaced that site, but this is not the only place offering illicit substances. This past week Facebook announced that it is investigating drug sales on its photo service Instagram, following a BBC expose on the topic. By searching for the right tag, Instagram users can access offers for anything from marijuana and ecstasy to powerful prescription drugs like Xanax. But, writes The Guardian, it also admits it can only do so much to police the trade - specifically Instagram has started blocking tags used to find the relative offers. The online sales appear to be bustionling, especially in the U.S. People tend to make contact via chat apps like WhatsApp to finalise details, making it impossible to track. Instagram and Facebook urged users to report any illegal activity they find on the site.


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