Since then, Enriquez says that women have been utilized more and given distinct titles and job descriptions.
The secretarias, for example, are considered low-level workers and are used to procure burnout phone numbers that could be used to make collect calls between gang members before the phone company gets wind of the scam and closes down the service. Their main function is to provide mail and relay messages to inmates, place or remove money from an inmate's account, and when the secretarias are not available, establish a phone line for communication between gang members and assist in limited criminal endeavors.
In the 90s, wives and girlfriends became "invaluable" members of the Mexican Mafia, according to Enriquez, because so many members were under close watch but women were rarely considered suspects. Now, law enforcement officials have "wised up" to the fact that women can be gang members, too.
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The A. Katie J. In this next collection, we have a variety of gang tattoos and some unique artwork that may be more for display than anything. Know a different meaning for the tattoos you see below?
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Let us know in the comments to help keep your brother and sister officers safe. THe number '13' stands for 'M,' the thirteenth letter of the alphabet, for 'Mexican Mafia. This tattoo depicts the "Angel of Death" or the "Grim Reaper. This tattoo is one of the many intricate pieces of artwork that Russian inmates place on their skin. Skulls generally designate murders.
The Crips are a primarily but not exclusively African-American gang, and one of the largest in California. Photo Federal Bureau of Investigations. The number '' represents the second, seventh and sixth letters of the alphabet, B, G, F the initials for the Black Guerrilla Family.
Photo Federal Bureau of Prisons, March The bearer of this tattoo enjoys freedom and is escape-minded. An image of birds flying over the horizon means "I was born free and should be free. Another typically Russian tattoo, barbed wire across the forehead means a life sentence without the possibility of parole. A cat tattoo is representative of a thief.
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One cat means they worked alone; several means they were part of a gang. A cat tattoo can also be indicative of an inmate who does not like law enforcement, especially if worn on the chest.
This tattoo depicts the image of a boot sole and tattooed knuckles spelling 'SKIN. BGF commonly use different versions of a dragon surrounding a prison tower and holding a correctional officer in its clutches. Photo U. Common among gang members, clown face or mask tattoos can have many different meanings. This style of tattoo is popular among Latin and Asian gang members.
Federal Bureau of Prisons, March Tattooing in Asian cultures is seen as a defilement of the body -- however, someone who tattoos himself is not necessarily a gang member. Tattoos in Hong Kong tend to depict animals, like snakes, dragons, swallows and phoenixes. More CorrectionsOne Articles. Read more. More Stories You May Like. More Product Listings.