Organized crimes are a big problem to the society especially on the part of law enforcement agencies. It becomes so much detrimental because it gives a major contribution in the fast-paced increase of hate crimes, racisms, drug trafficking, gambling, prostitution and even extortion. This certain type of crime is a very sensitive issue nowadays and it needs resolution because of the great impairment it brings to many people. Organized crime is a very systematic and highly methodical process of a certain group that engages themselves in unlawful actions that gains a large amount of proceeds.
These types of illegal activities occur in different scales. It can take-over a city, a nation and even in international relationships with other illegal organizations. These highly structured groups bring out their plans and activities in extreme confidentiality so as to avoid being hit by law enforcers. They are considered as notorious members of the society and their existence may be credited towards the support that they are getting from the society’s legal agencies and constituents. They often bribe, blackmail, or threat the law enforcers such as police, judiciary branches and the like.
Because of the shield of protection the corrupted officials and agencies, their illegal activities are carried out legally, thus keeping the members and the organization safe. The two most notorious organized crime groups are those in the United States and in Asia. These places are highly concentrated with illegal activities because of their population and high level of industry. In the United States, they are referred to as the Mafias. The members are called Mafiosos which literally means a “man of honor”. These Mafia families originated from the land of Sicily in Italy (Abadinsky, 2004).
It is believed that the Mafia families emerged in the United States during the time when many Italians migrated to the US and felt the lack of protection and safety that the law enforcers can provide them. Thus, they resorted into creating the powerful family of the Mafias. These American Mafias are commonly called Crime families. Just like the operating procedures of organized crimes, the mafias also engage themselves in a variety of illegal activities ranging from the simplest form of drug use to the highly concerning murderous activities.
And more often than not, these are committed under the fortification of upright to say but fraud members of the society. An example of a Mafia Family in America is “The Syndicate” which was brought to existence by Lucky Luciano. The syndicate is a tightly connected group involved themselves in a numerous illegal actions but was later blown with Luciano’s conviction and deportation to Italy. In Asia, the concept of guanxi in organized crimes is a basis for recruitment of its members (Understanding Asian Organized Crimes, n. d. ).
Guanxi is a Chinese word which means connection. Connection here may be defined as blood connections, dialect similarities, local connections and the like. The members of the Asian Organized Crime groups also engage themselves to similar activities compared to that of the Mafias. Japan, being the second-largest country in terms of economy, is concentrated with several crime groups and Yakuzas are examples of it. This group is a highly influential organization that has political access and has great manipulation in several industries in Japan (Kaplan, 1998).
In China, the famous “Triad” is also a notorious gang and also exists in the US as “Tongs” (Smith, 2006). They are also behind the legitimate businesses in the public’s eyes. Because of it’s loose organization, the organized crime groups exists in a numerous number and even reaches other nations such as the United States, Canada and other highly industrialized countries. The American and Asian Organized Crime Groups also possess several similarities and differences. One is that Mafia Families from America is a tightly established organization in which membership is acquired through bloodline.
Asian organized crime groups are somewhat loose and being a member does not necessarily require familial connections. More often than not, the “street gang” connection is the basis of membership in Asian crime groups (Smith, 2006). Through their loose establishment of groups, it is not a surprise that many organized crime groups in Asia exist. Another difference of the two classifications of organized crime groups is the limit of their criminal activities. One example is that Asian Organized Crime Groups limit their criminal activities to members of their own race (Smith, 2006).
In the United States, existing Asian Crime groups target Asian-owned businesses for the purpose of extortion. Unlike the Asian Crime Groups, the Mafias engage themselves to labor unions (Smith, 2006). This is one unique characteristic that defines the Mafias of America to the Criminal Mobs of Asia. This is a necessity because the US is a highly industrial and capitalized local and therefore a group would gain more profit by establishing affiliations. It is very blatant that these Organized Crime Groups, both American and Asian, are a highly notorious phenomena.
They possess unique characteristics, similarities and differences that separate one from the other. But the thing that is common among them which binds them tightly is that they are such a pain in the neck in terms of nation building, fighting against crime and law enforcement. There is indeed a great need for impeding the existence of these crime groups and the first big step is to destroy the shield that protects them. References Abadinsky, Howard. (2004). Organized Crime. Belmont, California: Thomson Wadsworth. Kaplan, David. (1998).
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