What's the Italian Mafia?
The Mafia in Italy has origins and traditions, and has played an important role in the history of Italy, before during and after the unification of Italy.
The centuries-old traditional organizations are the Camorra, the 'Ndrangheta and Cosa Nostra (the last only in the second half of the nineteenth century, however, has become quite known). Since the latter is supposed to have arisen more mafia-like organizations, such as stidda in south-central Sicily. We should also mention the Sacra Corona Unita in Puglia was born as an offshoot of the New Organized Camorra.
The Mafia Is Recruiting Children
In Sicily, the group ranging from Caltanissetta recruits minors for at least two decades. So far, the clans had relegated them to secondary tasks : postmen and drug dens of lookouts . In recent years however they are becoming child soldiers : they have the gun , rob , raking in the lace , defend the territory . And they are ready to kill.
Scarpinato rebuild the stages of criminal education: "The men of the clans select the most violent and less capable, and place them under the protection of a godfather, in charge of their apprenticeship. The initiation is typically started with the commission to fires and other intimidation. It continues with the involvement in extortion. In these cases, the age goes from subject to blackmail accompanied by minors, so do understand that the victim will be the last to collect the lace rate. " The last step is the execution, with training to shoot to kill, "The Caltanissetta district holds the sad record of juveniles indicted for mafia crimes, among them dozens of murders."
Roberto Scarpinato, General prosecutor in Caltanissetta,says "As a result of the lack of resources, hundreds of young people are left to themselves, organized crime spreads his arms, enlisting an increasing number of minors charged with performing acts of intimidation, extortion, murder, drug dealing and other crimes posing for older high criminal risk '.
The general prosecutor Victor Martusciello denounced "the increasing membership of minors in criminal organizations." A phenomenon "that feeds because of socio-cultural degradation, low education, poverty, lack of opportunities, conditioning connected with advertising inspired by consumerist ideology, the prospect of easy money, lawlessness culture favored by the lack of sense of the institutions, membership to the Camorra affiliates family groups'
The kids get inspired from TV shows about the Mafia and then try do to imitate them. From extortion, to dealing drugs and sometimes even homicides.
Sometimes the kids get inspired from the myth of the Italian Mafia, the culture of omerta, the abuse of power and the refusal of the state is more profound: it is easy for children to grow in accordance with the mafia codes.
Tarde- Imitation. Those kids are trying to imitate the famous myth of the Mafia. Which is really feel in the south of Italy, where there are the biggest group of organized crime. some kids grow up in families where the Mafia is always been a part of their lives. The TV have a great impact on the kids as well.
Ferri- Passionate criminals. Most of these kids don't live in poor families, they don't clump the Mafia for the money but for the ideal of "Malavita" ("Badlife").
Garofalo- They started up just as thief criminals for then become violent ( endemic) and murderer (extreme)
Bandura-Social learning theory. Kids grow up in an environen where Mafia is everywhere and usually is venerated from either the family or the society around them.
The Italian government should put more resource into the school department. So that the kids should be more conscious about the consequences of the Mafia.
More activities for the youth for keep them away the organized crime.
Harsher penalties for transgressors.