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In a toilet just few metres from border crossing she is preparing packets of cigarettes to be smuggled from Ukraine to Poland. There are hundreds of such people, as well as cars , bikes and buses, all loaded with traffickers. Who pays the bribe, usually passes the border. Everyone pays and everyone takes, there is even local mafia pushing you in front of waiting cars line for a fee. All custom officers probably are corrupt, but they have to, it is widely know that they have monthly share to pay to their bosses, thousands of dollars, and their bosses to higher ones, this time hundreds of thousands, and by the time it reaches Kiev, capital of Ukraine, the top people get millions. The structure is like a mafia, only it consists of state officials. The biggest palaces on both sides of the border belong to customs officers, but people like this woman at least can make a living traversing the frontier several times a day. If you aim higher, in Poland, unofficial sum to pay to get a job on entry level in customs is 10 000 USD.

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