ABC News reports that according to the Justice Department, there are currently 21,000 street gangs in the U.S., with a total membership of 700,000. These gangs are now using the web to recruit new members by posting content that glorifies the lifestyle. This type of recruitment--which sometimes uses youths as young as eight--is known as "net banging." Chip Burress, assistant director of the FBI's Criminal Division says of the trend: "It's not becoming an epidemic, it is an epidemic." ...

http://abcnews.go.com/WNT/story?id=2886482&page=1...

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