A large criminal organization that has been functioning for years has moved into the child trafficking industry. According to MSNBC, the boss of the Gambino crime family and 13 other people were charged with various crimes, one of which was child trafficking. According to U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara, this is a “new low” for the criminal organization and the first time the mafia has been caught participating in this type of offense. Members of the organized crime family had allegedly recruited several girls from strip clubs to be prostitutes. One recruit was a 15-year-old girl. According to the documents filed with the federal courts in Manhattan, the Gambino family had advertised the girls’ services via Craigslist.
The victims were driven throughout the greater New York area to meet with men who had scheduled appointments. They were also made available to players at the criminal family’s weekly high-stakes poker games for sexual purposes. If the victims were non-compliant, they were beaten with baseball bats. Law enforcement officials look at this case as evidence that the mafia still exists today, and it appears there isn’t a crime too horrific they would not commit if it is profitable, including child trafficking.