Crime is a dangerous threat to our society. Gang violence is one of the most talked issues all around the world. The world has a number of gangs out there that ignore the law. These gangs indulge themselves in all illegal activities. Some gang leaders or members are imprisoned in a high-security prison. Here are 10 most popular gangs in the world.
1. Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13)
Mara Salvatrucha (MS), also known as MS-13, is an international criminal gang that originated in Los Angeles, California, in the 1980s. It has spread internationally; from Mexico to Canada, to El Salvador, to all parts of the United States including Texas. The MS-13 is one of the most violent gangs in both North and South America. MS-13 is well-known for drug smuggling, theft, contract killing, human trafficking, etc. Many MS-13 members cover themselves in tattoos.
2. Aryan Brotherhood
The Aryan Brotherhood is mostly a prison gang. They are about 20,000 members in and out of prison in the United States. The gang is involved in organized crime, extortion, inmate prostitution, drug trafficking, and murder-for-hire.
3. 18th Street Gang
18th Street Gang is a ruthless criminal organization started in Los Angeles, California. It is one of the largest transnational criminal gangs in Los Angeles, with 30,000 to 50,000 of members. They are responsible for drug trafficking, assault, murder and many more.
This Japanese organization is known for striking fear all around the world. Members of the yakuza gang are required to cut all ties with their family to prove their loyalty to their gang boss. It is told that they have more than 100,000 members in the world. The Yakuza have been involved in drug smuggling, racketeering, arms smuggling, prostitution, and others. They have a large presence in the Japanese media.
Crips gang are from Southern California. Its members wear blue clothes and bandanas. The Crips are extremely bitter rivals towards the Bloods as well as many different Hispanic street gangs. The Crips primary functions are murders, drug trafficking, robbery, extortion, racketeering, murder, and many more. They have 30,000 to 35,000 members.
The Bloods are a primarily African-American street gang founded in Los Angeles, California. The primary rival of the Crips is the Bloods street gang. The gangs wear red color. They are responsible for drug trafficking, robbery, murder, burglary, prostitution, theft, extortion, and others.
7. Bamboo Union
Bamboo Union is a largest Taiwanese gang. They are a triad based in Taiwan. What makes the United Bamboo even scarier is that they maintain a good relationship with gangs from all over the world. They are responsible for drug trafficking, kidnapping, extortion, protection racket, contract killing, assault, assassinations, illegal gambling, human trafficking, prostitution, murder, and organized crime.
8. 14k Triad
Triads are based in Hong Kong but they have expanded worldwide. It is the second largest Triad group in the world. The group involved in crimes such as human trafficking, murder, home invasion, smuggling and much more. It has 20,000 members spread across the planet.
9. Cosa Nostra
The word ‘’Cosa Nostra’’ is an Italian word which means ‘’ our thing’’ in English. It is the Sicilian Mafia, known to collaborate with other international organized crime groups. The Mafia’s primary functions are protection racketeering, settling illegal disputes, and handling and sorting illegal agreements and transactions. According to reports, they have around 25,000 members around the world
10. Latin Kings
Latin Kings is the oldest gang from Chicago. The Latin Kings are the most organized gangs. They are the oldest and largest Hispanic street gang. It has evolved into a major criminal organization.