Organized Crime in Quebec
by CRouillier on February 2, 2016 - 9:07am
The topic of this paper is organized crime in Quebec. This paper will look at organized crime in the province of Quebec while identifying certain groups such as the Hells Angels or the Italian Mafia. In addition, the social issue will be analyzed through using different theories and encountering the causes, the debates on the topic, the effects of organized crime in this geographical location, and lastly, some solutions.
Organized crime in Quebec is a social issue because many people in the province are affected by organized crime. These groups include; individuals, governments, businesses, and other criminal organizations. Thus, it affects society as a whole from different aspects but also from different disciplines such as economics and sociology.
The Hells Angels are a popular motorcycle club around North America. However, they are part of the rare one percent whom belongs to the outlaw motorcycle gangs (OMGs). The Hells Angels are specifically a popular organized crime group in the province of Quebec. The Hells Angels in Quebec were responsible for billions of dollars in sales of hashish and cocaine at their prime periods (Sanderson, 2014). Thus, the OMG had a drastic affect on society and different societal groups, and therefore can be identified as a social issue. Organized crime groups specifically have the time and perform more specific crime such as fraud or money laundering, thus they have time to think things through and perform calculations before committing the crimes (Van Koppen, 2013). As a result, the crimes become more sophisticated and a better solution needs to be thought out.
-What are the major repercussions of organized crime in Quebec? (Sociology)
-How have the Hells Angels or the Mafia had an effect on the Quebec economy and society? (Economics/Sociology)
The people involved in organized crime in Quebec can include individuals in terms of drug use and abuse and other crimes in relation. In addition, governments may lose a supply in money for example in the tobacco black market. Moreover, if a certain product is too expensive a black market will be created and the business can lose profits. And lastly, other criminal organizations may lose manpower because of rivalry or may also lose income for the same reason.
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Van Koppen, M. V. (2013). Involvement mechanisms for organized crime. Crime, Law and Social Change, 59(1), 1-20. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10611-012-9396-8