Criminal gangs

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In 1999 in Jamaica, troops were given emergency power to patrol the capital after the government had "declared" war on criminal gangs that were estimated to have killed 500 people in a six month period.


Bulgaria is known for its Olympic class wrestlers (claimed to be mass-produced by the old Soviet regime to personify the heavy-set virility of socialist labour in the world's sporting arenas). Following the collapse of the communist bloc, many wrestlers have become part of a new "thugocracy" -- the Bulgarian word for "the wrestlers" (borsite) has now become the slang term for gangsters. Former state-paid secret policemen also work with the gangs, mostly as advisors.

Narrower Problems:
Gang warfare
Related Problems:
Youth gangs
Problem Type:
D: Detailed problems
Related UN Sustainable Development Goals:
GOAL 1: No PovertyGOAL 4: Quality EducationGOAL 8: Decent Work and Economic GrowthGOAL 10: Reduced InequalityGOAL 11: Sustainable Cities and CommunitiesGOAL 16: Peace and Justice Strong Institutions
Date of last update
17.06.2019 – 18:15 CEST