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    The world's top 10 mafias: the richest and most powerful criminal organizations

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    What are the most dangerous mafias in the world?


    Here we are going to show you the top 10 most dangerous mafias in the world, the most dangerous ones, you will discover which are the most dangerous gangs in the world, their names and how they are organized.


    In the world there are many other criminal organizations capable of shaking national and international governments, besides being very dangerous for the rest of the population. Let's look at the top 10 mafias in the world: the ranking is based on offensive power.





    What is the difference between Gang and Mafia?

    Gang, mafia, etc. These are words that are often used in relation to organized crime. Organized crime is different from crimes committed over time or as a result of individual effort. This type of criminal activity is the result of a group of criminals coming together and carrying out illicit activities for the financial benefit of the organization or syndicate so formed. There are many similarities in the types of crimes committed by gangs and the Mafia. However, there are structural differences as well as differences in the nature and operation of gangs and the mafia that will be highlighted in this article..



    Which is the meaning of Mafia?

    Mafia is a term that refers to a criminal organization that originated in Sicily, Italy in the 19th century. The first Mafia groups or Mafia groups were extended families that engaged in illicit activities and extorted in exchange for the protection they provided to ordinary people. The members of this organized criminal organization prided themselves on calling themselves honorable men and each group had control of certain territories in which they operated. Law enforcement and authorities referred to these clans or families as mafia. Over time, the term mafia has become generic and is now applied to all groups or gangs that engage in illegal activities and have a particular modus operandi and strict structure involving family members.

    While extortion was the main activity of the mafia in the past, these criminal syndicates are now involved in many illegal activities such as prostitution, smuggling and drug trafficking, just to name a few. The thing to remember in the case of the mafia is that the syndicate has a strong control exercised by a patriarch and has strong ties to officials in positions of authority. This helps members of the group stay away from law enforcement and thus avoid jail sentences.


    Which is the meaning of Pandillas?

    Gang is a term applied to any criminal association with a clear hierarchy and control that engages in criminal activity for profit. Gangs typically act by claiming control of territories and often have fierce battles with other gangs for this control. Gangs are more often seen in large cities and other urban areas than in the countryside. The Sicilian Mafia is perhaps the best example of a gang. There are thousands of gangs operating in the country and indulging in various illegal activities. Gangs are also often referred to as mobs.


    What is the difference between gangs and the mafia?

    - Gangs are organizations whose members engage in illegal activities, while mafia is a type of gang.

    - Therefore, gang is a term used in a generic sense while Sicilian Mafia or simply Mafia is a typical example of a gang.

    - The Mafia is a criminal union made up of members belonging mostly to an extended family with a clear hierarchy and control.


    - Mafia originated in Sicily, but today it has become a generic word applied to similar organized criminal organizations operating throughout the country.

    - Gangs are less organized than the mafia.

    - The mafia is more powerful than gangs with connections to officials in power.

    - The mafia has a family structure that lacks gangs.

    - Gangs often engage in petty crime, while the mafia engages in drug trafficking and extortion.


    Names of the most dangerous gangs and criminal mafias in the World


    10 - Yardies, Jamaica

    • Economic power: 2 / 5
    • Offensive / military power: 1 / 5
    • Branches in countries around the world: 1 / 5
    • Total risk index: 2 / 5
    • Main criminal activities: arms smuggling and drug trafficking.

    The Yardies are criminal groups especially active in London and formed by immigrants from Jamaica and the Caribbean. The main activity is related to arms smuggling and drug trafficking, especially marijuana and crack. Numerous operations carried out by the London Metropolitan Police to combat the violent activities of the Yardies: among them we remember the famous Operation Trident that led to the birth of aspecial investigation unit.


    9 - Mara Salvatrucha, United States

    • Economic power: 1 / 5
    • Offensive / military power: 2 / 5
    • Branches in countries around the world: 3 / 5
    • Total risk index: 2 / 5
    • Main criminal activities: drug dealing, kidnappings, murders

    Criminal organization born in Los Angeles following the association of different gangs and then spread to different countries, including Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador.

    Also in Italy, especially in Milano, there are Mara Salvatrucha cells. Concern for criminal activities drug and arms trafficking, extortion, robbery, kidnapping and even murder.


    8 - Naša Stvar, Serbia

    • Economic power: 1 / 5
    • Offensive / military power: 2 / 5
    • Branches in countries around the world: 3 / 5
    • Total risk index: 2.5 / 5
    • Main criminal activities: prostitution and gambling

    Serbian criminal organization also active in Belgium, France, Albania, Montenegro, Bosnia, Croatia. Born to manage cigarette trafficking, it is holding a large prostitution and gambling ring.

    7 - Triad, China

    • Economic power: 2 / 5
    • Offensive / military power: 3 / 5
    • Branches in countries of the world: 3 / 5
    • Total risk index: 3 / 5
    • Main criminal activities: gambling, prostitution

    Criminal organization based in Hong Kong but spread throughout China and Taiwan, Macau, North America, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand. Main activities include gambling, prostitution, robbery. The Triad also appears in numerous video games, including GTA.

    6 - Mafia, Italy

    • Economic power: 2 / 5
    • Offensive / military power: 3 / 5
    • Branches in countries around the world: 3 / 5
    • Total risk index: 3.5 / 5
    • Main criminal activities: organized crime, takeovers, drug trafficking, homicides.

    A secular criminal organization for Italy, then expanded also abroad, particularly in the United States of America. Also defined Juan de la Cosa Nostra, it has Sicilian origins and is the organization responsible for the assassinationof Paolo Borsellino and Giovanni Falcone in 1992.


    5 - Sinaloa Cartel, Mexico

    • Economic power: 3 / 5
    • Offensive / military power: 3 / 5
    • Branches in countries around the world: 4 / 5
    • Total risk index: 3.5 / 5
    • Main criminal activities: International narcotics trafficking

    Organization of Mexican origin that manages major drug trafficking. In recent years it has expanded to Europe. According to the U.S. Intelligence Community, the Sinaloa Cartel is themost powerful and extensive drug organization in the world: it touches the 5 continents.

    4 - 'Ndrangheta, Italy

    • Economic power: 3 / 5
    • Offensive / military power: 4 / 5
    • Branches in countries around the world: 3 / 5
    • Total risk index: 3.5 / 5
    • Main criminal activities: international drug trafficking, usury, international arms trafficking, human trafficking.

    Organization born in Calabria and currently also active in Germany, Holland, South Africa, Brazil, Mexico, Venezuela. Specialized in drug trafficking, it is also known for repeated episodes of usury, extortion, arms trafficking and even human trafficking. Over the years, exponents of the 'Ndrangheta have also been found in politics and in the judiciary.


    3 - Camorra, Italy

    • Economic power: 4 / 5
    • Offensive / military power: 4 / 5
    • Branches in countries around the world: 4 / 5
    • Total risk index: 4 / 5
    • Main criminal activities: organized crime, takeovers, drug trafficking, murder, usury

    And here we are with the third Italian criminal organization, the Camorra. Originally from Naples, it is now also operating in Lazio, Lombardy and outside national borders, such as Spain, Germany, Holland, Switzerland, UK, Morocco, Argentina, Uruguay.

    The turnover of the Neapolitan families is estimated to be around 12 million euros per year. Among the most famous ambushes we remember the Lightning Bar Massacre in Secondigliano in 1992, in which 5 people died.

    2 - Solncevskaya Brotherhood, Russia

    • Economic power: 4 / 5
    • Offensive / military power: 4 / 5
    • Branches in countries around the world: 4 / 5
    • Total risk index: 4 / 5
    • Main criminal activities: prostitution, homicides, human trafficking, international swindles

    Powerful Russian organization native to Moscow and currently spread in at least 32 countries, including numerous nations in Europe, North America and South Africa. Born in the mid-1980s, it is guilty of several murders. Among the various activities in which he engages are human trafficking, prostitution and credit card fraud.

    1 - Yamaguchi-gumi, Japan

    • Economic power: 5 / 5
    • Offensive / military power: 5 / 5
    • Branches in countries around the world: 4 / 5
    • Total risk index: 5 / 5
    • Main criminal activities: organized crime, acquisitions, drug trafficking, murder, usury, international arms trafficking, prostitution, bank fraud.

    In the Top 1 of the mafias, and therefore the most powerful mafia in the world is the Yamaguchi-gumi Mafia, for being the main Japanese criminal organization, also spread in Asia and the United States of America. It is one of the richest mafia organizations and its main income comes from extortion, prostitution, arms trafficking, drugs. It also seems to be active in illegal transactions in the stock market.


    Which has been the most powerful mafioso in the world?


    Semion Mogilevich. Head of the Ukrainian mafia, known as "Brainy don". Extremely intelligent and probably the only mafioso who boasts a degree in economics. He is the global godfather: his business covers the whole world, from Russia to America, and encompasses all sectors: from drugs to oil to weapons. He is apparently untouchable: arrested in 2008, he was released a year later. It is believed that Semyon enjoys a certain immunity because he is capable of blackmailing the powerful of the earth.

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