My Personal Crime Perceptions
I had never really in depth about organized crime until this assignment this week.
I have found in the course of my studies, my view was as gray as a smudge on a
newspaper. It was inklings of truth, blended with the glam of the world.
I had always thought of organized crime like a TV show. Movies like the Godfather,
Good Fellas, Scarface, and of course Pulp Fiction, do have some semblances of truth
behind the movies, but much is added to make the movies viewer worthy. Organized
crime is much more than a movie or TV show. My views before this assignment were
that organized crime only dealt with drugs. This could not be further from the truth.
Organized crime involves not only drug trafficking, but human trafficking, prostitution,
money laundering, but has moved into all illegal activities globally. I also would not
have thought of American organized crime carrying on businesses in other countries, but
with internet accesses as simple as a cell phone, organized crime has moved quickly into
those global markets. By utilizing the internet, organized crime has made it even more
difficult for law enforcement officials to catch them.
Another development in organized crime is the fact that gangs are now tightening
their grips on crime and becoming more involved in criminal activities that were once
only considered "mob" like. Gangs like the Hells Angels have developed into something
much more than the old school motorcycle gang. Gangs like MS-13 are more than just
the old school street fighters. These two organizations have branched out, and...