In the Calabrian region of southern Italy from where the 'Ndrangheta controls the cocaine trade throughout Europe an increasing number of mob women are turning state's evidence to spare their children from the life as reported by Agence France-Presse:
"A mother who acts in the interests of her children is hard to stop. That is what makes these female turncoats particularly dangerous for the 'Ndrangheta," said anti-mafia prosecutor Alessandra Cerreti. They want to "end the predestination in the 'Ndrangheta in which sons are prepared to become killers by being taught to handle knives from the age of 12 or 13."
The execution-style hit against three-year-old Nicola "Coco" Campolongo earlier this year by the 'Ndrangheta or Calabrian Mafia involving score settling among rival clans tragically underscores the bleak future for mob kids in southern Italy as reported by Barbie Latza Nadeau for the Daily Beast:
According to Save the Children Italy, more than 75 percent of all families in Italy's impoverished southern region known as the mezzogiorno live within communities known to be under the control of organized crime syndicates. That means the first-born sons are often destined to follow in their fathers' footsteps -- sometimes even replacing their fathers as heads of household when they are killed or jailed. Save the Children Italy says that young girls in the region are frequently forced into arranged marriages to either solidify clan ties or to join together allied clans.
Mob groupies and Hollywood movies perpetuate a story line that the Mafia respects children; it's a big lie.
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