Long-suffering women tired of their abusive husbands, fathers and brothers within the 'Ndrangheta or Calibrian Mafia are becoming invaluable informants according to Italian prosecutor Alessandra Cerreti as reported by The New Yorker:
Cerreti was convinced that other Mafia women were unhappy with their lives and with their children's prospects. What if her team could convince them that the state could give them a new life in return for their testimony? "It would break the chain," she said. "It would remove the guardians of the 'Ndrangheta's traditions." The Mafia's violent bigotry was a fatal weakness, she argued: "Freeing their women is the way to bring down the 'Ndrangheta."
Cerreti said law enforcement previously "missed the importance of 'Ndrangheta women, because most of them were men, and 'Italian men underestimate all women.'"