Protection Racket


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Protection Racket

The practice in which businesses and/or individuals in an area periodically pay money to an organized crime syndicate in return for freedom from harassment. In other words, when the money is paid, the syndicate will protect businesses from acts of violence from other groups (or from the syndicate itself).
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Three years ago, a judge said the 54-year-old was involved in protection rackets, money-laundering and drug dealing.
They started protection rackets in the East End after taking over a snooker club, and steadily expanded their empire.
Add a protection racket and quarrels and you have a fast-paced, multifaceted mystery packed with conspiracies and adventure.
The sordid truth revealed in this episode is that the power brokers have corrupted our political system to such an extent that it now operates in many ways like a classic protection racket.
Add a protection racket and quarrels and you have a fast-paced, multi-faceted mystery packed with conspiracies and adventure.
Bellona's residents (mostly poor and black) live on looted cans of food; there's no economy to speak of, gossip is the most highly valued commodity, and a gang of thugs (eventually headed by the main character, Kid, an amnesiac and possibly Native American poet) runs a haphazard protection racket.
With it the mini protection racket of Trick or Treat.
Charles Tilly, who alleges that the state is a protection racket, writes one of the most provocative essays in the collection.
What's happening is not like the classic protection racket, where you pay and don't get beaten up.
There's a difference between "protection" and a protection racket.
Pinkie (Riley) is a violent teenager, a junior member of a gang running a protection racket in Brighton.
They included Irish St Leger winner Protection Racket, Dewhurst victor Huntingdale, Doncaster Cup hero Crash Course, 2,000 Guineas third Muscatite, Be Tuneful and Star Pastures.
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