CNBC Originals goes inside the most profitable criminal enterprise in the world. An economy built on robbing U.S. businesses, costing American jobs, and bankrolling terrorism:

Fake handbags, watches, and perfumes are a way of the past. The largest underground industry in the world, Counterfeit Goods bring in hundreds of billions, while sapping the economy, putting lives in jeopardy, and funding organized crime in the process.

CNBC presents “Crime Inc.: Counterfeit Goods,” a CNBC Original reported by CNBC’s Carl Quintanilla takes viewers inside where the goods are produced and confiscated in a world of high-risk and high-reward.

The one-hour special brings you on raids with the LAPD anti-counterfeiting unit, inspections at ports, and back-room factories where counterfeits are produced. Meet a couple who was paralyzed by counterfeit Botox, a company whose whole brand was copied, and the story of a defense contractor who counterfeit defense parts that found their way into weapons depots in Iraq.

At around 7% of all global trade, Counterfeit Goods are a big business with low overhead. It makes too much money to go away any time soon.

A Sneak Peek is here.

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    I would like to see their facts and figures. Seems like complete BS to me.
    7% of global trade….come on – that is a joke.
    Stealing money from companies – no. The people buying fakes would not buy the real stuff anyway.

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    Great show – thanks for the post – it airs again Sunday July 18th at 10p eastern on CNBC

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    How/where can I find out if this program is available for purchase?