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By Dennis M.P. McCarthy

This publication is a comparative learn of prepared crime teams from 5 various components of the realm: Europe; North the USA; valuable America/South America/Caribbean basin; Africa; and Asia/Western Pacific. every one half includes case experiences and a shorter essay, a vignette. From Europe the case stories specialize in the Italian mafias and the Russian mafia; the vignette, at the Albanian mafia. From North the United States the case reviews spotlight the united states Mafia and the Mexican drug cartels; the vignette, equipped crime in Canada. From principal America/South America/Caribbean basin the case experiences be aware of the Colombian drug cartels and gangs of the Caribbean; the vignette, on geared up crime in Cuba. From Africa the case reviews study source wars and Somali piracy; the vignette, family members between foreign medications trafficking, prepared crime, and terrorism in North and West Africa. And from Asia/Western Pacific the case stories highlight the chinese language Triads and jap Yakuza; the vignette, family between foreign medicinal drugs trafficking, prepared crime, and terrorism in Afghanistan. Written in non-specialist language, An fiscal historical past of geared up Crime presents an unique evaluation of an important challenge of our instances: the transforming into scourge of worldwide geared up crime. This booklet will be learn with revenue by way of most people, however it additionally has worth for tutorial experts and pros in legislation enforcement.

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While a universal definition of organized crime may not be practical, there are characteristics that distinguish an organized crime group from, say, an organ­ ized goodness group. The term “organized crime group” contains the two crucial concepts that require attention—organization and crime itself. We start with the second, because it is less complicated than the first. Many insist that the crime in “organized crime” must involve serious crimes and then go on to concentrate only on those serious crimes.

They can generate jobs, appear as an advocate for the people by providing them services government can’t or won’t such as protection, create a need for their own brand of protection by intimidating local business people, interweave their structures with the social organization of villages and clans, take advantage of the mountains and unguarded coasts, and build on the legacy of trading routes connecting Italy with other locations in and around the Mediterranean littoral. With this background in mind, we ask, what are those major organized crime groups in southern Italy?

The answer lies in good old-­fashioned efficiency. This efficiency comes from two facts: first, the euro simplifies, or greatly short-­circuits, the process of money laundering; and, second, higher denomination euro notes, especially the €500 note, are very convenient to use. As to the first, how ironic that the euro, itself an example of legal currency simplification, would also be striking example of crime simplification. An essential goal of money laundering is to separate the currency from the crime, which means severing any connection between the crime and where it occurred.

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