Gangs in Society

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Gangs in Society Gangs are a major problem in today’s society. Gangs such as MS, a criminal gang originated by Salvadoran immigrants, take place in our neighborhoods and corrupt the young children who are easily influenced by the violent behavior as well. Many gangs threaten the safety of everyone in their neighborhood. Innocent people living in gang war towns live in constant fear of death. However, for children who have no one to look up to and no future to look forward to, gangs can become their new family. Gangs save those who have trouble with money issues and they are a sense of protection and learn life skills while in a gang. Gang activity has been increasing more over the past few years. Today gangs have destroyed cities with crimes varying from graffiti up to murder influencing the youth negatively and lead them into lives of crime. A gang is a group of people who join together to serve the same purpose and engage in violent and criminal behavior. Gangs are formed together for protection and have the sense of belonging. Gang members usually vary between the ages of eleven and twenty-five and generally operate under some form of leadership while claiming a territory. There are many types of crimes committed, which include robbery, vandalism, assault, drug trafficking, and murder. Distinctive clothing, the use of special street names, language, symbols, tattoos, and the committing of organized and spontaneous criminal acts describe some of the characteristics of a gang (The Gang Threat, 1). The Central American gang, Mara Salvatrucha also known as MS, is one of the criminal gangs who have influenced the youth to join gangs (“In a first”, 1). The Mara Salvatrucha gang was originated in Los Angeles by Salvadoran immigrants from the Pico-Union community. The main purpose of the gang was to protect the Salvadoran immigrants from the more established

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