Premier Matteo Renzi told students on the first day of school at the Pino Puglisi institute -- named after the priest who was murdered in 1993 for urging youth not to join the Mafia -- that the crime families remain strong not only in the country's South "but particularly in the North with its economic connections" as reported by ANSA.
Italy's four principal Mafia groups are based in the wretched God-forsaken southern regions -- Cosa Nostra in Sicily, Camorra in Naples, 'Ndrangheta in Calabria and Sacra Corona Unita in Puglia -- but in recent years have migrated like an invasive species to the more affluent northern regions to launder their money from the intenational drug smuggling trade.
Sheryl Rogers, the one-time British squeeze of now-deceased Italian mobster Giuseppe Felaco from the Nuvoletta clan of the Camorra, is accused of laundering money from her man's $200 million drug trade as reported by the Daily Mail: "but she claims Felaco, with whom she has a 16-year-old son, told her that he was a legitimate businessman," and "she said she could not have been in the Mafia because she was not Italian and, besides, they did not admit female members."
Organized crime is big business, and the top earners in descending order of annual revenue are the Yamaguchi Guri from Japan's Yakuza at $80 billion, the Solntsevskaya Bratva from the Russian Mafia at $8.5 billion, Italy's Camorra or Neapolitan Mafia at $4.9 billion, Italy's 'Ndrangheta or Calabrian Mafia at $4.5 billion, and the Sinaloa cartel from Mexico at $3 billion as reported by Chris Matthews for Fortune.
All the Mafia groups in Italy earn an aggregate $33 billion each year.
The biggest rackets for the crime groups are the drug trade and flesh peddling, of course.
Adamao Pisapia from the Camorra or Neapolitan Mafia went on the lam in October 2013 to duck a prison sentence but the fleeing thing has been found under a proverbial rock in Ibiza, Spain as reported by ANSA.
Spain has become a home away from home for mobsters.
Italy's three major Mafia groups -- the Neapolitan Camorra, the Calabrian 'Ndrangheta and the Sicilian Cosa Nostra -- are well-entrenched in Spain where they orchestrate cocaine shipments from South America into Europe, and launder their drug proceeds through hotels, restaurants, night clubs and real estate.
Last July Italian and Spanish law enforcement arrested about 30 suspected members from the Camorra for their alleged roles in a sophisticated cocaine smuggling and money laundering ring that operated in both countries as reported by Francisco Mercado for El Pais.
Italy's Camorra or Neapolitan Mafia has become entrenched in Aberdeen, Scotland according to EU-funded researchers from The Transcrime Centre as reported by Auslan Cramb for The Telegraph: "its reports states 'the Camorra stronghold is Aberdeen, the third most populous city in Scotland, where it controls the catering, public works, food retail and wholesale and property sectors.'"
The Camorra runs the streets of Naples and is involved in everything from the vice rackets such as drugs and prostitution to the corruption of legitimate industries including waste and construction, and its dirty operations were exposed to the world by Roberto Saviano in his 2006 international bestseller Gomorrah which subsequently was adapted into a film by director Matteo Garrone.
The Transcrime Centre report also claims that the 'Ndrangheta or Calabrian Mafia and Cosa Nostra or the Sicilian Mafia have established a foothold in London, England.