The Albanian economy is booming, but organized crime is a major export of this growing global power.
Blackmail and fear are the tools used to destroy freedom of expression. And beware, it is being destroyed.
Female gangsters are subject to arcane rules, rigorous rituals, and unbreakable commitments.
Campania Felix has become the "Land of Fires," as it is popularly known. When people travel here, they see continual columns of smoke and flames, signs of the garbage that is torched in the countryside.
The Mafia has always profited from economic crisis. Recessions fill up the mob's coffers and boost its social standing. In fact crime is one of the few sectors of the economy that thrive in moments of financial decline.
Long considered a "horizontal Mafia," or a simple confederation of clans, the 'Ndrangheta was shown to have a secret hierarchical structure with a central leader, exactly like the better-known Cosa Nostra.
Being involved in the Mafia is not a glamorous profession. Starting salaries are low, and even if you become a boss you'll someday be murdered by your enemies or thrown in prison.
Famed crime writer Roberto Saviano on the eight years he's spent worrying about death threats.