Italian Mafia Racketeering Profits from Farming

A report by the Italian farming lobby states that the mafia in Italy controls $19.2 Billion worth of farming activity in the country. The value of farming for the Mafia increased by 12 percent from 2011.

Nearly 25 percent of all Mafia properties seized by police was farmland, according to the report.

15 percent of all farming activity in Italy was linked in some way to organized crime.

The Mafia is also involved in stealing farm animals and farm equipment and resells them on the black market.

(What is racketeering? What is extortion? See examples here.)

Source:  Tom Kington, “Italy: Mafia escapes to the country,” Scotsman, October 29, 2013.