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Italy: Mafia benefitting from legalized gambling

16 March 2015

ITALY – The proliferation of legalized gambling in Italy is being cited as a factor in enhancing Mafia activities, Reuters reported.

The Italian government relaxed gambling laws as a means to generate revenue along with the prospect of it fighting organized crime, the report said.

It’s alleged that it has provided opportunities for money laundering, according to the Reuters report.

Italy has as many as 400,000 video slot machines in locations such as coffee bars, the report noted.

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