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The Mafia is name for a loose association of criminal groups sometimes bound by a blood oath and sworn to secrecy The Mafia first developed in Sicily in feudal times to protect the estates of the landlords By the 19th century the Mafia had become a network of criminal bands that controlled the Sicilian countryside The members were bound by Omerta a rigid code of conduct that included avoiding all contact and cooperation with the authorities The Mafia had neither a centralized organization nor a real leader it consisted of many small groups each secret within its own district By employing terroristic methods against the government figures the Mafia attained political office in several communities thus getting influence with the police and obtaining legal access to weapons Benito Mussolinis Fascist government succeeded for a time in suppressing the Mafia but the organization emerged again after World War II ended in 1945 Over the next 30 years the Mafia became a power not only in Sicily but all over Italy as well The Italian government began an anti-Mafia campaign in the early 1980s leading not only to a number of arrests and sensational trials but also to the assassination of several key law-enforcement officials in getting revenge Public outrage was tempered by the arrest in 1993 of the reputed Mafia leader Salvatore Riina Beginning in the late 19th century some members of the Mafia immigrated to the United States They soon became involved in American organized crime especially in the 1920s during Prohibition After the ending of Prohibition in 1933 so did most bootlegging the Mafia moved into other areas such as gambling labor racketeering prostitution and in recent years narcotics Links with the Italian Mafia were also maintained As in Italy prosecution of reputed Mafia leaders in the United States increased in the 1980s and 1990s Responsible groups of Americans have at times waged campaigns in the media to obliterate any assumption
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