The Silk Road black market in drugs prevented violence and was a "transformative" criminal innovation

The deep web black marketplace Silk Road, which was shut down last year, prevented violence associated with the illegal drug trade and represented a breakthrough in criminal innovation.

So concludes a new study by researchers at the University of Manchester and the University of Montreal.

Dubbed the "eBay" of drugs, the site was not, as many had thought, dominated by transactions between drug dealers and users, but appears to have had a significant level of dealer-to-dealer transactions.
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