The Italian mafia known as the 'ndrangheta are a "family" you can't refuse. Crime is inherited. Sons are educated from birth to become the next generation of criminal bosses. Their daughters are forced to marry young mafiosi, sometimes before puberty. The rule is to educate children to continue the criminal dynasty.
The 'ndrangheta manage up to 70 percent of Europe's cocaine trade. They traffic heroin, weapons and hashish. There is growing evidence that they are working with not only the Albanian mafia, but also the so-called Islamic State in Libya.
Who is the man behind a people smuggling network stretching from Africa into the heart of Europe? What happens to migrants and refugees when they arrive in Sicily? How are the Italian mafia and criminal networks feeding off the migration crisis? The investigation for Newsweek, with Alex Perry. This cover story was long listed for One World Media's Corruption Reporting Award.
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