If you want to visit Silk Road 2.0 then you will want to know that the owner was arrested and it was shut down by the feds on 5th November 2014. The best alternative is Agora Marketplace, it actually has more listings than Silk Road 2.0 but is just not as famous.
Benthall, the alleged operator of Silk Road 2.0, is being charged with a ton of charges including conspiring to traffic in fraudulent identification documents, money laundering, conspiring to commit narcotics trafficking and conspiring to commit computer hacking. With these charges, he could face a life sentence, which will be very tough for this 26 year old tech whiz.
Silk Road 2.0 has been operating since just after the closure of the original Silk Road back in October 2013. After the closure of the original Silk Road a swarm of new black market websites sprung up including the Silk Road 2.0, some of the other biggest markets are Agora Marketplace and Evolution Marketplace with Agora Marketplace offering the best feedback and also posting more listing than Silk Road 2.0.
Even though Silk Road 2.0 has been shut down there are tons of other black market websites that do exactly the same thing, this is just one fish in an ocean. By making this bust, law enforcement look like they have had a win to the public but I think it will not even make a dent in the new way of black markets. There will probably be a Silk Road 3.0 within weeks just like there was a Silk Road 2.0 within weeks of the original Silk Road being shut down.
I know that Law Enforcement cannot simply look the other way and do nothing about these black market websites, mainly due to all of the pressure from above about their “War on drugs” that has done nothing but fail, but they may need to soon ask themselves some questions that Law Enforcement probably don’t want to answer.
“What happens if they did shut down all of the black market websites and those drug deals all went back to the streets?”
“Is it safer for those deals to be done over the internet and via the post or in a dark alley or ghetto and running the risk of being assaulted or killed over a substance abuse problem?”
The real way forward should be to thing about treating the problem as a health issue and not a criminal one. If you treat the addiction and take away the demand, or at least drastically reduce it, then there will not be the problem we have today. Can you imagine if they spent all of the money they do today on the “War on drugs” and spent it on treatment?