Sometimes I’m so proud of my roots. Naples, the wild Italian city known for it’s passionate locals, stunning architecture, and organized crime syndicate the Camorra, has started a program sponsored by the European Union called “Esco-Dentro”, or Exit-Inside. It helps put ex-cons back to legitimate work throughout the city. The guys (there are hardly any women in the program) can be assigned several types of jobs, including sanitation, street cleaning, and most interestingly, tour guides!
Si, on your next trip to Naples, look out for the guys wearing bright yellow vests, screaming loudly, and waving their arms furiously – they’re not dangerous – those are tour guides to help you find your way. What better group to give tourists the inside scoop on a city than the guys who know how it truly works?
The spokesman for the program, Pietro Ioia, is also a proud member. He touts it as a huge success and is worried about the EU funding drying up at the end of the year. He says, “I have 700 people waiting in line outside my office who don’t want to go back to crime and we need to give them an answer. Because if they get a job, that means 700 less in the hands of Camorra, and that would be outstanding”. Keep it up Signore Ioia…(unfortunately, a few weeks after he was interviewed for the article on Global Post, an older crime finally caught up with him and he was sent back to prison. Mamma Mia.)
-Via Global Post