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When most people think of the Mafia they think murderers and gamblers But in fact the Mafia is more than just a bunch of wise guys sitting around gambling For years organized crime families have provided for many and brought wealth to their communities In the early years of America organized crime helped pave a way for many of the American cities to grow to what they are today Most of the families provide for more than one hundred people per community Organized crime has become a world of phenomenon In Europe Asia Africa and America the forces of organized crime are at work and no society is spared From its traditional spheres of activity such as prostitution the arms trade and trafficking in drugs organized crime has now added money-laundering the trade in nuclear technology and even the transporting of illegal immigrants Trans-national crime undermines the very foundations of the international democratic order Trans-national crime effects the business climate and persuades political leaders Within societies the triumphs of international crime is more often than not accompanied by a weakening of the law and sometimes even by a return to the law of the jungle No one knows why crime occurs The oldest theory is based on ethics and theology It is that criminals are perverse persons who deliberately commit crimes or who do so at the instigation of the devil or other evil spirits Criminologist pointed out that persons who are unable to provide adequately for themselves and their families through normal legal channels are frequently driven to theft burglary prostitution and other offenses Such conditions lead to feelings of deprivation and hopelessness and then turn to crime for means of escape The feeling is encouraged by the example set by those who have escaped to what appears to be the better way of life made possible by crime Studies by such investigators as the American criminologist Bernard Glueck and the British psychiatrist William
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