Tag: Crime syndicate

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  • Triads

    Okay, Triads 101: Chinese ethnic criminal fraternities that grew out of secret underground political groups. They spread out along with Chinese immigrants, including to the Pacific Coast, where they were sometimes known as “tongs.” They’re organized into …

  • Yakuza

    The Yakuza made their first inroads into Seattle around the turn of the century. The growing Pacific Rim trade led to more Japanese citizens moving to Seattle. With them came the Yakuza, to protect the interests of “their people” and cater to their …

  • Mafia

    The Mafia ruled the Seattle underworld, centered around the Downtown and Tacoma docks and the smuggling business, for years. So long that the Families got complacent, and, by the time the [[Yakuza]] began to move in on their turf, it was almost too late …