BONDING FACTORS TO GANG MEMBERSHIP
Bonding Factors to Gang Membership
Some correlation can be seen between the natural family and the gang family, as it pertains to factors that bond the two together. However, the gang family is structured to provide more of these bonding factors.
The lack of these things in a person’s life, especially a young person, will contribute heavily to their being drawn into the gang lifestyle. It is the allure that draws them in the fastest. For many young people, the gang can become their surrogate family. It can provide love, companionship, discipline, and nurturing that their real family may not.
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National Gang Statistics
Street gang membership and gang- related crime increased in most jurisdictions. The most prevalent crimes street gangs commit are street-level drug trafficking, large-scale drug trafficking, assault, threats and intimidation, and robbery.
Approximately one-third of jurisdictions that reported indicate an increase in threats to law enforcement.
OMGs continue to engage in all types of violent crimes to include: weapons possession, threats and intimidation, assault, arson, extortion, and drug trafficking.
Gangs continue to foster partnerships with MTCOs. Survey respondents identified more than 96 gangs involved in cross- border crimes. Sureños, Barrio Azteca, and Tango Blast rank as the top three most criminally active gangs along the US/Mexico Border, while the Sinaloa Cartel emerges as the MTCO with the most gang ties.
Approximately 15 percent of agencies reported that gangs in their jurisdiction engage in human trafficking. According to law enforcement reporting, gang involvement in sex trafficking has increased over the past two years. This is likely a significant underestimation, as sex trafficking is often underreported for two reasons: victims fail to report due to shame or fear; and misclassification of gang involved cases, where the offense is cited as prostitution, as opposed to sex trafficking.
Source: 2015 National Gang Report
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