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3 damaging impacts of organized crime on society and nations

Organized crime’s impact on society is not anything new to us. It affects individuals, societies and countries at different levels. One desperate need to be something in life, or to make money, and people fall into the vicious trap of such syndicates. And most never make it out.

It is not easy to eradicate such crimes from society. They are deeply ingrained into the fabrics of our society. Humans being humans, we are always susceptible to desires. While a complete cure cannot be thought of, perhaps these effects can make you think twice. Here we look at these different levels at which this problem hits us.

Economy

Capital obtained from illicit activities such as drugs, human trafficking and extortion is normally reinvested into the legal economy. Problem is that this artificially inflates the economy whilst enabling activities such as money laundering for these syndicates. This has a serious negative impact on the economy.

Human Lives

Perhaps the most obvious one, human lives are a major casualty in organized crime. Be it crimes related to drug abuse, human trafficking, gang violence or collateral damage, human lives take a big hit. This is currently a major issue in countries like Colombia and Central American nations where cocaine and heroin abuse dampens the economy.

Professional lives

Not many think of this, but the people who are unfortunately caught up in these syndicates, whether due to financial problems or otherwise, stand to lose their entire professional futures. Remember those career forms where they ask questions such as prior drug abuse, legal convictions, indictments and so on? Yeah, these people don’t have the luxury of saying no to those questions.

When we said we can prevent the growth of such syndicates by making people aware of its pitfalls, we didn’t say it would be an easy task. It is the duty of each mother and father to ensure that their child is made aware of these issues. Similar to sex education, this kind of education is better done than not.

3 notorious crime organizations who profited from gambling

What we refer to as mafia today results from a pattern seen in many nations across the world. The word itself is said to have Arabic roots, much like the term ‘Assassin’, which derives from the Arabic word Hashish. Organized crime as such is seen in different countries. In this post, we cover some of the most notorious precedents in history.

Key crime syndicates always had a base to attract people and make the initial money before they went on to, shall we say, more profitable areas. This base was gambling. Underground casinos and betting places were common means for them to attract a fan base, snatch their money and act as the savior by “offering them a path to financial stability” by dealing in drug and human trafficking.

The following syndicates used this measure at the beginnings of their evolution.

Yakuza

You may definitely have heard of the term, but perhaps don’t know exactly what it is. The Yamaguchi Gumi, or Yakuza to some, is a famed gang that hails from Japan. The Yakuza has existed for over hundreds of years, with their modus operandi being extortion and drug trafficking. Like any typical crime organization, they are bound by traditions and hierarchies.

Triads

The Chinese triads are a typical presence in Hollywood movies. With a vast presence in more than 20 nations outside Mainland China, the triad is an international syndicate that deals again mostly with drug trafficking. Another activity of the group is counterfeiting. The syndicate is considered one of the most secretive and ruthless organizations, and has existed for centuries.

Solntsevskaya Bratva

Are you an Arrow fan? Remember Anatoly and his gang? Yeah, the same Bratva. Unlike what you have seen in the TV show, the Bratva is not a disciplined and proud organization. They are ruthless businessmen dealing in heroin trade and human trafficking. The organization is quite decentralized unlike the aforementioned ones.

Why the Mafia and organized crime are not as “cool” as we think

It may have been more than 40 years back, and yet every child and teenager in the street has heard of the Godfather trilogy. Such is its influence. Marlon Brando’s evergreen performance is remembered till today. It led to a wave of mafia pop culture globally.

Movies have often resulted in a cultural wave. In this case, it was Brando and the Godfather theme that started the trend, with directors like Martin Scorsese following suit and creating movies such as Goodfellas, Casino and Taxi Driver. Such movies have made the mafia culture look “cool”.

If you imagine what organized crime is like, you would picture a few men dressed in designer Armani suits, smoking cigars and speaking in a refined accent and tone. They would drive in stylish convertibles and dine at fancy restaurants. Occasionally, they would pick a jibe with rival gangs and beat up people. In short, they seem like badasses.

Reality begs to differ. Organized crime is nothing like what you picture it to be. It is dangerous, affects everyone in society and causes collateral damage of large magnitudes. People who voluntarily join gangs or fall victim to them under unfortunate circumstances don’t really have a way out. Once you start dealing with dangerous people, that becomes your entire life.

Not to consider the disastrous consequences this has to the wider society. Consequences not just in terms of lives lost, but families affected physically and mentally. We have seen this happen not just in Sicily but in countries like Colombia, Brazil and Central America.

It is about time we realize the reality of organized crime. Such organizations deal with illegal drugs, trafficking and crime, and there is nothing sexy about those. It has affected nations and economies, and continues to do so. We all have a shared responsibility to ensure that it doesn’t spread further.