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The Invisible CamorraNeapolitan Crime Families Across Europe$
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Felia Allum

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781501702457

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501702457.001.0001

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(p.1) Introduction
The Invisible Camorra

Felia Allum

Cornell University Press

This introductory chapter provides an overview of the Neapolitan Camorra. The Camorra is the third-largest Italian mafia and is predominately active in Naples and the Campania region. Today, the Camorra has become a powerful criminal force capable of controlling sectors of the European and Italian drug, counterfeit, cigarette, and waste-management markets as well as investing in many legitimate businesses in Naples, Italy, and Europe, and winning many local and national public contracts. Compared to other mafias, the Camorra has always been considered less dangerous because it is more visible, territorial, and amateurish. However, when camorristi move abroad, they become less attached to a specific territory and focus purely on economic activities. They do not migrate as clans but as individuals who manage to “camouflage” themselves so efficiently that it becomes difficult to recognize them as a threat to foreign societies and economies.

Keywords:   Neapolitan Camorra, Camorra, Italian mafia, Italian drug market, European drug market, camorristi, economic activities

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