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ISBN: 9781459406254-05

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What a Rush it was

From: Gang Life


The story of Janie, aged twenty-five, and George, eight years

older, is in Chapter Five. Both Aboriginal, they were married

until George killed a rival a couple of years ago. He also tried to

kill Janie, both when they were together and again when he was

in prison for the murder. He put a hit out on her because he was not happy that she was divorcing him and was afraid of what

secrets she might tell. George, who was vice-president for years

before becoming president, courted Janie from the time she was

thirteen until after she joined his gang. Her mother was involved

with the same gang so Janie was seduced by the promise of easy

money and a never-ending supply of morphine and crack. Janie

became queen of her gang, an auxiliary to George’s male-dominated

gang. Good with money, she was the treasurer of his gang

as well as her own. Janie has five children and believes that if she

keeps busy as a parent, she will forget the sexual abuse she suffered

during her childhood.



Mark Totten

MARK TOTTEN is a professor of criminal justice at Humber College in Toronto whose research focuses on organized crime, corrections, sexual exploitation, human trafficking, mental health, violence, and gender identity. Over the past decade, he has collaborated with groups in Ontario and Western Canada in the development and evaluation of multi-year gang prevention, intervention, and suppression strategies.