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Organized crime has a long and notorious history throughout the world The ancestor to todays criminal organization can be traced back centuries to pirates who operated off the coasts of continents The Mafia became to take force to protect estates when the landlords were not there La Cosa 1 By the 1800s the Mafia had become criminal and used violence throughout Sicily A strict ethical code called omerta the rule of death if broken was used to sworn members in It soon became so strong that they became politicians and were able to influence police forces and gain access to weapons La Cosa 1 Organized crime then came back to North America after Benito Mussolini tried to control the Mafia Because of Mussolini being so strict members of the Mafia moved to the United States where they then led many criminal activities From the early 1900s until today one of the biggest unreported stories has been the tremendous growth of organized crime around the world Organized Crime 1 Entire countries have fallen to criminal elements World financial systems have been compromised by crime-sourced money Under both the attack of crime and by the defense against it social and political systems are becoming distorted Organized Crime 1 World leaders are aware of the problem Of all the issues facing the United Nations on its 50Th Anniversary organized crime was the issue chosen as the focus Concept 11 The containment of organized crime though the criminal justice system remains a significant and unattainable goal Public fascination with organized crime has been uninterrupted for decades and it remains a popular media topic While organized crime remains elusive to define of conceptualize a growing body of literature from the popular media academic research and police intelligence have contributed to a better understanding of this complex phenomenon Nathanson 1 Without constant income of money organized crime would find it very difficult to exist and the efforts of
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