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Italian police escort suspect mafia Giuseppe Scaduto (centre) from their headquarters in Palermo. Photograph: Marcello Paternostro/AFP/Getty Images

The mafia’s formidable grip on Italy has been starkly illustrated by a new report claiming 13 million Italians live in areas where the mob exerts influence over everyday life.  

Commissioned by Italy’s parliamentary anti-mafia commission, the report by research institute Censis used crime statistics to find the number of urban and rural districts where clans are active in the Italian south.