Police officers inspect a truck's load during an operation aiming to break up a Chinese transport mafia, in Prato, Italy, Jan. 18, 2018. (Claudio Giovannini/ANSA via AP)
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Italy ordered the arrest of 33 people Thursday on suspicion of running a Chinese mafia group involved in gambling, prostitution and drugs and which dominated the transport of Chinese goods across Europe.The network had members in other parts of Italy and across Europe, with arrests sought in Rome, Milan, Padua, Paris, Madrid and Neuss, Germany, the statement said.They are accused of being members of a mafia organization and other crimes.Italy has a long history of home-grown organized crime, including the Sicilian Mafia and the Calabrian 'Ndrangheta, but immigration to Europe has opened the way for foreign crime groups to take root, including the Chinese mafias.
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