Even with the best will in the world, there's only so much social policy can do to stop organised crime.
Mental distress, addiction, debt, family dysfunction and abuse are all problems to be milked for profit.
Swedish researcher Andreas Johansson interviewed 30 members of a Japanese Yakuza clan in 2015.
There are plenty of examples of strong women in the top echelons of organised crime – they don't seem to be there in McMafia.
When it was discovered that citrus fruits could be used to treat scurvy, suddenly Sicilian lemons were very valuable. Enter the mafia.
An expert in criminology explains why you shouldn't believe everything you see on TV – organised crime is still a very British problem.
The criminal underworld of the BBC drama McMafia is full of glitz and glamour. In Britain, organised crime is far closer to home.
As former partner of TOWIE star Ferne McCann is sentenced for throwing acid in a nightclub, a criminologist considers the real reasons such attacks are on the rise.
Locals use beauty in the battle to reclaim public space from the clutches of organised crime groups.
Journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia has been killed in Malta – but we must accept that corruption is a problem for all of Europe.
Local and indigenous communities remain mostly excluded from real benefits, and conservation often comes at a huge cost to them.
Restorative justice has worked for other offenders and their victims. New research has looked at whether it is suitable for organised crime.
The figures have been taken out of context.
Police and the courts have locked up some of Europe's most notorious mob bosses – but the next generation of would-be kingpins are even worse.
Counterfeit goods could be the Christmas bargains that cost you dearly.
Organised crime groups are profiting from the fruits of globalisation such as free-trade agreements as well as the massive upgrade of the region’s infrastructure and connectivity now underway.
How to psychologically cope with living in a country with more fatalities than a war zone? For Mexicans, the response is increasingly detachment, depersonalisation, and adherence to daily routines.
What will Queensland's new laws to combat the bikie 'menace' actually achieve?
Lucky Luciano, Al Capone and FDR walk into a Democratic convention...
English hooliganism may be on the decline but new research reveals worrying links with organised crime.