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Silk Road: Deep Inside The Internet Hides A Booming Market For Any Kind Of Drug

Behind codes of encryption, the so-called "Deep Web" hosts a vast network of people trading in illegal sales of all sorts, most notably any drug imaginable.

Screenshot of the Silk Road site
Screenshot of the Silk Road site
Gabriele Martini

Like the Neapolitan neighborhood of Scampia where the mob openly runs the drugs trade, the Internet is rife with narcotics for sale. But there is one particular website that has far more to offer than what you could find in Scampia. It is a forum that is open 24/7, where thousands of drug dealers sell every kind of drug imaginable without any real risk of being caught and punished.

This junkie's playground is called "Silk Road." Mind you, it's not easy to find. This eBay of dope appears not to exist­ - if you type the address into your browser it doesn't turn up any results. But the site most definitely does exist. It's hiding in a dark corner of the web – the hidden Internet – the Deep Web.

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The Ideal Age To Marry? Reflections Of A 20-Something Indian Woman

India is raising the minimum age for women to marry. What does that mean on the individual level (with your parents whispering in your ear)?

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Priyamvada Rana

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NEW DELHI — A few days ago, I got a call from my parents, who wanted to talk about the "ideal age to marry." This came after news about India raising the minimum age for women to marry to 21, to match the age for men. It's a laudable move, sure, but I even wonder if 21-year-olds will be able to fathom the expectations, responsibilities and limitations that come with such a socially-constrained institution.

I am not ready at 26, and won’t be even at 30.

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