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Old 11-29-2008, 10:22 AM
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“It’s the younger population that’s involved. What’s made it easier these days is the Internet,” said Colon of the State Police Regional Operations Intelligence Center. “You can go on MySpace or Facebook and find young kids identifying with the gang culture,” which he said really gets a boost from these social networking sites. Mom and Dad may view junior’s site and never realize that he is identifying himself to the world as a member of a certain gang.

Young people in the immigrant community come to rely on the gangs for protection, but at some point, the gangs can become the aggressors. For example, those in Sureno 13 might know which day laborers get paid cash so they wait for them to get drunk and then rob them. Such crimes often go unreported because the victims are commonly illegal immigrants who fear deportation and never go to police. For this reason, it’s difficult for a community to measure how much crime is occurring within its borders as a result of the gang’s presence.

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