From drug dealing to high-tech computer crimes, international organized crime is unique to every organization and each fraction of the organization. Despite the wide range in histories, structure, and activities, overlap does occur, and it is always seen in the lack of effort to stop the organized crime groups. On a local level, the authorities have tried to stop the expansion of organized crime. However, on an international level, little is being done to prevent, stop, and bring justice to offenders.
Origins of the Hells Angels
Founded in the late 1940 under the name ‘Pissed Off Bastards of Bloomington’ in California, later named the Hells Angels, were a motorcycle enthusiast club with a passion for Harley-Davidsons. They made trouble and they liked to party, but the now Hells Angels were an unorganized group of individuals. In 1977, Hells Angels saw potential in the drug trade and absorbed the Popeyes motorcycle gang from Montreal; thus creating the first Hells Angels chapter in Canada. Before constitutional rights, cops, Montreal for example, would humiliate biker gang members by ripping patches off vests and ritual beatings; now, police enforcement is more humanistic in their approach to biker gangs. Twenty years later, and the Hells Angels have grown in size and have expanded along the West Coast of North America, Australia, Germany, and Great Britain by becoming a franchise organization. After the Montreal port was taken, the Hells Angels strategically decided to take control the Vancouver port on the other side of the country. While the Montreal chapter committed violence to achieve positive outcomes, the Vancouver chapter used diplomacy to achieve their desire outcomes. Now the Hells Angels are bus...
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...hese international crime groups? The answer is simple, we all are. Every nation, every government, every business, and every person is responsible for taking action against organized crime – we are all affected to some degree and need to make out thoughts known. Insurance rates, credit ratings, and much more of the average person’s life is affected somehow by crime committed by international organized crime groups. As similar and different each group is, so are their crimes. It is time to take a stand against organized crime.
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