Silk Road as violence-reducing Crime-Innovator

„Aldridge and Decary-Hetu say their data shows a vast portion of the Silk Road’s sales were ‘business-to-business’. That finding moves the market’s role farther up the drug market supply chain than was previously thought, they argue, placing it closer to the cartel-controlled drug producers behind much of the trade’s violence. And since the study argues the traders on both sides of a Silk Road deal were often drug dealers, the researchers claim Silk Road’s business-to-business deals mean twice as many opportunities for violence were prevented.“ Paper: Not an ‘Ebay for Drugs': The Cryptomarket ‘Silk Road’ as a Paradigm Shifting Criminal Innovation.