Organized crime refers to transnational or national enterprises run by criminals engaging in illegal activity for profit.
These criminals' methods include extortion and money laundering. Examples of such criminal organizations or crime syndicates are the mafia, triads or yakuza. Here you can find a chronological compilation of DW content referring to organized crime.
Ahead of the 20 year anniversary of the Columbine High School massacre, we speak to one of the survivors. We meet Italy's 'ghost' politician Piera Aiello who was forced to run for parliamentary office anonymously due to mafia threats. Plus we head to Indonesia where intolerance seems to be growing ahead of this month's election. Could the era of moderate Muslim leaders be over?
When she was just 14, Piera Aiello was forced to marry the son of a mafia boss. In 1991 she witnessed her husband's murder and was had to enter the witness protection program. Nearly 30 years later, she ran for office anonymously due to ongoing mafia threats. But she still won her seat in parliament. DW's Angelo van Schaik caught up with Piera Aiello at the Italian parliament in Rome.
It is not often that Albania is cited as a social reform trend-setter but it's just banned gambling. Tired of people ruining themselves and their families because of compulsive betting, tired too of mafia gangs laundering their ill-gotten gains through gambling establishments, the government closed all the country's betting shops on January 1. John Laurenson reports from Tirana.