Gang violence is not just a problem in the United States and Mexico. According to a Europol report issued on Tuesday, Europe currently has 3,600 organized criminal gangs and organization in operation.
Europol, the name for the European law enforcement organization, released their annual report on crime within the European Union. The annual report, called the Serious and Organized Crime Threat Assessment, highlights many of the black market groups and dealings which have sprung up amidst the economic crisis and subsequent austerity movement.
Criminal organizations in Europe have focused on counterfeit goods, often clothing or electronics. Products that fail to meet health or safety standards, including food, drugs, and toys are also increasing in their availability.
Criminals are taking advantage of cuts to law enforcement and state budgets with allow them more range to operate. The loss of income, wages, and purchase power as a result of harsh cuts across the board have opened new markets to criminal organizations, who are all too happy to provide a good or service at a lower price.
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