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camorra

Translation of camorra in English:

nome femminile

Cultural Note: Camorra

Widespread in Naples and Campania, this is not a single criminal organization, but a collection of groups (families) which often fight each other for control of criminal activities. It goes back to the 16th century and has practised extortion for centuries, blackmailing small businesses in Naples. After World War II, and above all in the 1980s, it began to control drug dealing and arms trafficking, prostitution and the allocation of public contracts, developing links with politicians and gaining ever-increasing control over the Naples area.

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