Bulk Cash Smuggling in the EU

On an average day in 2012, security agents in France seized $400,600 (€300,000) in cash that was being smuggled in order to avoid taxes. The amount seized in France in 2012 ws 50 percent higher than the amount of cash seized daily in 2011. In the first 3 months of 2013, customs agents in France… Continue reading Bulk Cash Smuggling in the EU

Rise in Cancer Rates in Italy Blamed on Illegal Dumping by Mafia

In towns surrounding the city of Naples in Italy, the cancer rate has increased by nearly 50 percent in the past two decades. Health care agencies and security services are attributing the rise in tumors to illegal toxic waste dumping activities conducted by the Mafia. The Italian mafia won contracts to dispose of toxic waste,… Continue reading Rise in Cancer Rates in Italy Blamed on Illegal Dumping by Mafia

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… Continue reading Italian Mafia Racketeering Profits from Farming

Italian Mafia Murders by Syndicate

Between 1992 and 2010, there have been a total of 3,374 killings committed by the four main mafia syndicates in Italy. The groups are Cosa Nostra, ‘Ndragheta, Camorra, and the Sacra Corona Unita (United Holy Crown, or SCU). The table below listing the number of killings from 2000 to 2010. Year Cosa Nostra ‘Ndrangheta Camorra… Continue reading Italian Mafia Murders by Syndicate

Human Trafficking Victims in Italy

According to information released by the European Union in 2013, there were 2,400 victims of human trafficking identified in Italy in 2010. The number of victims found in the country represented 25 percent of all trafficking victims found in the EU. According to security officials with the United Nations, many of the victims are from… Continue reading Human Trafficking Victims in Italy

Migrants Being Smuggled Into Italy by Boat

Between July 1 and August 10, 2013, nearly 9,000 migrants were smuggled into Italy by boat, according to Italy’s Interior Ministry. In the August 2012 to August 2013 time span, over 24,000 migrants entered Italy by boat. Security officials stated that in most years migrants are originally from sub-Sahara Africa and enter Italy to look… Continue reading Migrants Being Smuggled Into Italy by Boat

Recovered Amount from Money Laundering in Italy

Between 2002 to 2012, an estimated $1.04 Trillion (807 Billion Euros) was flagged in audits by financial regulators as potential money laundering activity in Italy. During that time frame, police in Italy recovered $91 Billion (70 Billion Euros) from illicit money laundering cases, according to the Economy Ministry. Source:  “Italy’s Tax Evasion Amounts To Hundreds… Continue reading Recovered Amount from Money Laundering in Italy

‘Ndrangheta Cocaine Trafficking

Italian mafia organization ‘Ndrangheta is believed to control up to 80 percent of Europe’s cocaine imports. Source:  Tristan Dessert, “In the footsteps of the ‘Ndrangheta, the most powerful branch of Italian mafia,” Franc 24, May17, 2013.

Amount of Theft and Sabotage to Eni’s Pipelines in Nigeria

Italian oil company Eni reported in March 2013 that it was suspending operations in Southern Nigeria due to rampant oil theft and sabotage. The company was producing up between 35,000 and 40,000 barrels of oil per day in its oil fields in Bayelsa. Bunkering activities were causing losses of up to 60 percent of the… Continue reading Amount of Theft and Sabotage to Eni’s Pipelines in Nigeria

Italian Mafia Annual Revenue

The following is the estimated revenue of Mafia syndicates in Italy based upon data from the Interior Ministry and other crime statistics. Camorra: $5 Billion (€3.75 Billion) ‘Ndrangheta: $4.6 Billion (€3.5 Billion) Cosa Nostra: $2.5 (€1.9 Billion) In terms of size and market reach, the Camorra and ‘Ndrangheta together account for 70 percent of all… Continue reading Italian Mafia Annual Revenue