Thugs for Hire is the underground service provided to legitimate entities or individuals.

Various organized crime groups provide "services" to megacorporations and/or governments. Services such as collecting rent for them in the slums, distributing their BTL chips or synthetic drugs, smuggling illegal components for them, or supplying them with illegal workers. [1][2][3][4][5] For private citizens the services provided may include such criminal activities as murder-for-hire, bodyguard detail, arson for hire, debt collection, and so on.

Syndicates have been hired to work as the "security arms" or private armies of corporations, and to provide security for whole cities. Some of the syndicates provide corporations with shadow assets.[6][7][8] Organized crime groups have performed espionage and assassinations for their governments. Have acted as the state's proxy, financing and supplying insurgencies. Some have even been hired to equip and/or train their military forces.[9][10]

The corporations that are most likely to work with organized crime are Japanese, Chinese, and Aztechnology. It's the Yakuza, the Triads, and David Cartel that have the most extensive corporate relations.[11][12] The governments whose military forces and intelligence agencies are most likely to work with organized crime are those of Russia, Aztlan, Japan, Thailand, Bolivia, Amazonia, and the successor states of China. It's the Yakuza, Vory, Triads, Ghost Cartels, and David Cartel which have the strongest relationships with their governments.[13][14][15][16][17][18][19]


  1. o29448791Corporate Intrigue p.51
  2. o39478620Runner Havens p.26
  3. o39478620Runner Havens p.46
  4. o07914318Corporate Enclaves p.71
  5. o44543375The Rotten Apple: Manhattan p.31
  6. o35238545Shadowrun Fifth Edition Core Rulebook p.34
  7. o05084094Underworld Sourcebook p.50
  8. o05084094Underworld Sourcebook p.57
  9. o33031982Vice p.49
  10. o33031982Vice p.89
  11. o05084094Underworld Sourcebook p.50
  12. o05084094Underworld Sourcebook p.57
  13. o70096438Shadows of Asia p.46
  14. Ancient Files Mirror: Canton Confederation Draft (PDF)
  15. o33031982Vice p.70
  16. o39478620Runner Havens p.23
  17. o39478620Runner Havens p.36
  18. o30783549Shadows of Europe p.30
  19. o33031982Vice p.75



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