Mafia infiltration of the Italian tourism sector worth 2.2 billion – Report – French
(ANSA) – ROME, APR 22 – The infiltration of the various Italian mafias into the lucrative tourism sector represents some 2.2 billion euros, of which nearly 40% is concentrated in the Mezzogiorno where they are based, according to a Demoskopika report of which ANSA has seen a preliminary copy.
Italy’s main mafia, Calabria-based ‘Ndrangheta, has a 40% share of the lucrative pie, according to the report.
Some 4,500 tourism businesses are at risk of being used for money laundering due to the COVID-19 emergency, according to the survey.
“A tourism sector on its knees is an appetizing prospect for criminal syndicates,” said Demoskopika President Raffaele Rio.
Six regional tourism sectors have the highest risk of criminal infiltration through ‘Ndrangheta, Cosa Nostra in Sicily and the Campania-based Camorra, as well as the smaller Sacra Corona Unita in Puglia, according to the report: Campania, Sicily, Lazio , Calabria, Lombardy, and Puglia.
Four regions present the lowest risk: Marche, Veneto, Friuli Venezia Giulia and Trentino Alto Adige.
Tourism Minister Massimo Garavaglia told ANSA: “The Demoskopika investigation into mafia infiltration into tourism is worrying.
“This is a phenomenon that is seriously damaging a sector made up of serious business people who have been affected by the pandemic.
“And who suffer twice from COVID, in their business and in mafia competition.
“The government is developing transparent financing formulas capable of supporting operators affected by the economic impact of the virus, in order to make them impervious to Mafia contamination.
“The (Interior) Minister (Luciana) Lamorgese has a clear understanding of the situation and I think she is already taking initiatives to curb this kind of infiltration.”
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