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The part of the economy that derives income from criminal activities, some of which have important implications for health, notably drug trafficking, prostitution, and people smuggling. Because of the health consequences of some criminal activity, it may be useful for public health officials to be able to communicate with the underworld, but there would be political objections and it would be difficult to do and to maintain a line of communication and mutual trust.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology.

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