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date: 19 July 2019

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Organized crime as it exists today originated in many different locations around the world as the history of banditry and the Mafia in western Europe as well as the history of the Triads and the Yakuza in East Asia, for example. In the course of the 20th century, these and other forms of organized crime branched out along a variety of different paths to other continents as the history of La Cosa Nostra in the United States demonstrates. It appears that organized crime tends to flourish in divided, conflict-ridden communities in which government is weak and/or corrupt, which is to say that it can be tackled effectively only by decisive, incorruptible government.

Keywords: organized crime, banditry, Triads, Yakuza, Mafia, La Cosa Nostra, corruption

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