Crime And Punishment: Do You Agree With The Moral "Crime Does Not Pay"? Refer To At Least Two Texts In Your Answer.

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Organised crime is Britain's fourth-largest industry with an annual turnover in excess of £20 billion. The biggest players are the international syndicates - the Mafia, the Triads, the Colombian drug cartels - all of which are organised like multinational corporations with presidents and vice presidents at the top and poorly-paid shift workers at the bottom.So far as home-grown talent is concerned, in the 1960s and 1970s it was simple. You did a big robbery, made loads of money and spent the rest of your days in Spain. In the 1980s, armed robbery started to get dangerous so you did one or two, went to Spain and invested the money in drugs. Nowadays, thanks to improved security measures, the average armed robbery nets only a few hundred pounds and newcomers to crime have no choice but to start right at the bottom and work their way up.As is often the case in big business, a career in organised crime depends just as much on who you know as on what you're prepared to do or what talents you might have.It's all very well knowing that you can buy a kilo of cocaine in Colombia for £2,000 and sell it in London for nearer £40,000 but unless you have the connections to buy the stuff and bring it into the country, it's a business idea that will never get off the ground. So at aged under 30 most criminals are still doing their apprenticeship and have not made the big money.Taking advantage of family connections is one shortcut. When the young Patrick Fraser got involved in a £2 million cocaine deal from Colombia, the fact that his father was 'Mad Frankie' Fraser was undoubtedly a big help.Without connections, you have no choice but to start out on your own, working a few...

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