Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Facebook Being Used to Recruit Teens into The Mafia

A new Facebook site inviting children into a Naples, Italy, crime syndicate allegedly could be linked to a recent wave of juvenile vandalism, officials said.

The site, which promises "plenty of work," claims to represent a new "Camorra gang made up of teenagers" in the Naples suburb of Pomigliano d'Arco, the Italian news agency ANSA reported Tuesday.

Police have yet to determine whether the site is real or a prank, while local officials fear the group may be behind recent vandalism, including the destruction of a playground, ANSA reported.

The site is one of hundreds on Facebook championing the mafia.

Earlier this year, Facebook removed some mafia-related content, including a page dedicated to Toto "The Beast" Riina, once known as the Cosa Nostra "boss of bosses," ANSA said. Riina's page had nearly 2,000 subscribers.

The thousands of people who join mafia Internet sites are "potential gangsters" who should be investigated, said Carlos Vizzini, an Italian crime envoy to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.

Thanks to The Post Chronicle

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