Black markets exist around the world as goods and services are traded despite government restrictions. They flourish particularly in times and places where government restrictions are heavy, such as in wars or under repressive regimes, as these situations deny people the items they strongly desire or even the necessities of life.
While in many cases the items traded on the black market are themselves illegal, in other cases, such as organs that are needed to save a life, or essential items such as food during wartime, those involved are just desperate to obtain the item more quickly than through the government-approved process. Unless governments recognize that people need reasonable access to such items, black markets will continue to exist.
Other items, however, require a change in the attitude of the people involved in both buying and selling the items, and the government restrictions that have been imposed are appropriate. Dangerous drugs, endangered species, and children sold as sex slaves fall into this category. According to Unification thought, while fallen human beings regard these as opportunities to satisfy their own self-centered desires while not caring that others are suffering, such black markets continue. Even government-imposed restrictions do not work. What is needed is a fundamental change in human attitudes, such that each person recognizes that he or she is a child of God, unique and precious, and therefore they should care for their body and spirit responsibility and not abuse it through dangerous practices; also, that everyone is part of one human family and should care for each other appropriately. Similarly, understanding that the natural world is humans’ responsibility to care for and protect is necessary to end the trade in endangered species.