Street gangs
   
What are they?

A street gang is a group of adolescents or adults which may have little structure or be very structured (e.g. hierarchy, clearly defined roles and tasks).
• A gang uses violence and intimidation to carry out its criminal acts (e.g. shoplifting, graffiti, vandalism, drug dealing, prostitution, weapons trafficking, money laundering). 
• A gang's goal is to gain power, respect and money through illegal activity, and to defend its turf.

Beware! Not every group of young people is a street gang! For example, your circle of friends—what you call “my gang”—is a group of young people with whom you spend time, play sports and go out... it's not a street gang.

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