It has been reported that smuggling one truckload of cigarettes within the United States can lead to a profit of US$2 million.With regard to people smuggling, a distinction can be made between people smuggling as a service to those wanting to illegally migrate and the involuntary trafficking of people.In England smuggling first became a recognised problem in the 13th century, following the creation of a national customs collection system by Edward I in 1275.Merchants also, however, sometimes smuggled other goods to circumvent prohibitions or embargoes on particular trades.Smuggling is the illegal transportation of objects, substances, information or people, such as out of a house or buildings, into a prison, or across an international border, in violation of applicable laws or other regulations. These include the participation in illegal trade, such as in the drug trade, illegal weapons trade, exotic wildlife trade, illegal immigration or illegal emigration, tax evasion, providing contraband to a prison inmate, or the theft of the items being smuggled.
People smuggling can be used to rescue a person from oppressive circumstances.Smuggling is a common theme in literature, from Bizet's opera Carmen to the James Bond spy books (and later films) Diamonds are Forever and Goldfinger.The verb smuggle, from Low German smuggeln or Dutch smokkelen (="to transport (goods) illegally"), apparently a frequentative formation of a word meaning "to sneak", most likely entered the English language during the 1600s–1700s.In modern times, as many first-world countries have struggled to contain a rising influx of immigrants, the smuggling of people across national borders has become a lucrative extra-legal activity, as well as the extremely dark side, people-trafficking, especially of women who may be enslaved typically as prostitutes.
Much smuggling occurs when enterprising merchants attempt to supply demand for a good or service that is illegal or heavily taxed.
The Smugglers Inn was one of the commonest names for a bar on the coast".