31 Oct 2019
Italian mafia networks have become less high profile in recent years as they spread their activities into new sectors, but they are just as dangerous, the interior minister, Luciana Lamorgese, has said.
Citing new data, Lamorgese said that organised crime groups “have made extensive transformations” while adopting “increasingly complex” models of criminal activity.
“Criminal organisations are ever more sophisticated as they manage to infiltrate important economic sectors in order to clean up illicitly accumulated money,” said Lamorgese at a hearing with the Italian parliament’s anti-mafia commission. “The mafia continues to weigh heavily on our institutions and economic system.”
Lamorgese, who was appointed interior minister in early September, said ’Ndrangheta, which emerged in the southern region of Calabria, continues to be Italy’s most powerful mafia organisation.
The crime group is made up of networks of hundreds of family gangs, which, over recent decades, have managed to extend their influence to industries in Italy’s richer north and across the world, raking in billions from drug trafficking, extortion and money laundering.
A study by the Demoskopia research institute in 2013 claimed the ’Ndrangheta made more money than Deutsche Bank and McDonald’s put together, with a turnover of €53bn (£44bn).
By Angela Giuffrida, The Guardian, 30 October 2019
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