Organized crime refers to criminal operations undertaken by a criminal organization in an organized manner.
Many forms of crime involve some degree of planning and organization, typically in a gang. However, organized crime usually refers to larger operations, involving a network or hierarchy of criminal contacts in a mafia or syndicate.
Some typical activities of organized crime are:
- Drug trafficking
- Arms trafficking
- Sex industry trafficking
- Extortion, blackmail and bribery
- Contract killing
- Car theft
Depending on the balance of power in various organized crime syndicates, some syndicates may control some of the aforementioned operations more than others. Some syndicate members may get whacked and end up sleeping with the fishes.
- ↑ Read / watch The Godfather.