The Mob siphons off public funds, rigs contracts, corrupts unions which many hard working people with legitimate jobs are a part of, smuggles drugs, and runs illegal gambling rings. These are some of the ways the Mob negatively affects our community and harms innocent citizens. Any illegal activity that brings in big money the Mafia is part of. Union corruption has been the primary focus of many federal investigations and by the end of the 1980’s, four unions, the Teamsters, Longshoremen, Laborers, and Hotel and Restaurant Employees union, had all been identified as mob dominated. Not only does the mob find money makers in the United States, they finds ways to bring money to them from other countries.
President Harrison who disproved of the vigilantes and gave a large cash settlement to the families ... ... middle of paper ... ...ia consists of a large group of glorified thieves, pickpockets and murderers. Although it began with the adoption of much of the Sicilian heritage it has evolved into an organization that's sole purpose is to make money using any illegal means possible. The members of the American Mafia use extortion, bootlegging, prostitution, gambling, kidnapping, and murder to achieve their ends. The above research has shown that the Mafia has become a wide spread problem. The Mafia has continued to grow and infest our society from the early 1900's.
The final example is that congress even had to get involved into the war against the mafia. “In 1970, Congress passed the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act, which proved to be a powerful tool in the government’s war on the Mafia.”(American Mafia US History) It’s obvious that the mafia has influenced our government in good and bad ways. From helping stop the spread of communism to influencing elections its obvious the mafia has played a bigger role in politics than most people realize. The selling of illegal substances, prostitution, and illegal gambling were some ... ... middle of paper ... ...er only hours after the assassination can only raise speculation to why the mafia was so quick to silence him. After the Cuban missile crisis America was very tense with Cuba.
Stemming from the enormous crime syndicate called Cosa Nostra, meaning “our thing” in Sicilian, the Gambino family and Cosa Nostra became a national menace. La Cosa Nostra, as it was referred to by law enforcement¬ and members, was a title for the American Mafia. The Mafia emerged during the late 1900’s and early 20th Century in New York's Lower East Side, then in many other areas of the East Coast and in several other major cities. The mob was greatly populated by the wave of Italian immigration. Many of immigrants came from economically downtrodden southern Italy, with many Mafia members in Sicily and Naples who were fleeing the rule of fascist Benito Mussolini, who began to crackdown on the Mafia in Italy.
Organized crime has had deep roots in almost every part of the world for hundreds of years. It has become entangled in aspects of people’s everyday lives, all the way up to the highest ranks of the government, and everywhere in between. In a majority cases cartels and mafias bring corruption with them everywhere they go. Seeing that developing countries have all the right ingredients for organized crime to flourish, its effects are severely felt by the population. These crime rings play big roles in creating instability in the society in which they function through the trade of illegal substances and establishment of large drug rings.
The Mafia also used biker gangs to disguise themselves in order to transport their illegal liquor (Black 38). Many bootleggers were killed in the transporting process by police officers and rival Mafioso who sought their illegal substances (Lunde 131). During this period, government law officials were offered bribes in trade for their silence (Mooney 14). If an officer or official did not cooperate, they were threatened or killed (Whiting 18). According to Paul Lunde, Lansky and Luciano, two Mafia bosses in Chicago, paid over $100,000 a week in bribes to officers and officials (130).
The Mafia supplied America with the vices it longed for and in return America let the Mafia get away with murder. Not only did the syndicate accumulate power but also profited financially through prostitution, gambling, and bootlegging. These activities were the foundations of the Outfit's financial and political empires. Mafia power soon began to eclipse the authority of the law enforcement agencies, and the struggle between responsibility and autonomy began. Governmental corruption was a standard practice in the 1920s.
Drug trafficking produces a series of issues; violence, government corruption, and money laundering have led citizens to flee their homeland for a better source of security. Latin American drug cartels have impacted United States more than any other country in the world. If President Richard Nixon declared war on drugs 40 years ago, why haven’t these traffickers been stopped yet? Turkey and Iran are among some of the countries fighting drug war overseas. Turkish-Iran drug trafficking grew from 4.4 billion to 10.5 billion dollars in last 6 years.
Today, worldwide, there are several thousands of crimes being committed. Some don’t necessarily require a lethal weapon but are associated with various types of sophisticated fraud, this also known as a white-collar crime. These crimes involve a few different methods that take place within a business setting. While ethical business practices add money to the bottom line, unethical practices are ultimately leading to business failure and impacting the U.S. financially. The forms of bribery and embezzlement have been around longer than dirt.
It is one of the more costly crimes in society. White Collar criminals profit from businesses and Organized crime usually profits from illegal businesses and can use violent measures. When I think of Organized Crime, I think of the mafia like you see on television. That’s probably what most people think of if you don’t know much about it. In the recent years, organized crime has changed, and the threat is more complex than it has been in the past.