Bitcoins and other cryptocurrencies, gambling, money laundering, illicit financing, narcotics trade, slave trade, sex trafficking, endangered species trafficking and the mafia, are all intertwined in the underbelly of crime, and the narrative behind these links are only just being explored and understood. Over the last couple of years organised crime is becoming more sophisticated due to the use of cryptocurrencies and using the family name of Mafia as a franchise to widen the criminal scope. There has been a great deal of activity within these areas which require further and a more in-depth investigation, yet outlined below is a brief overview of events.
Jones, C. (2018). Digital currencies and organised crime update