Their criminal activities include drug trafficking, contract killing, money laundering, gambling, prostitution, car theft, extortion, and other forms of racketeering. A major source of triad income today comes from the counterfeiting of copyrighted and trademarked goods. They also trade in endangered species as well as bootleg tobacco and alcohol products.
Game and Story Use
- Triads provide a flavorful alternative to the Mafia in a setting with Asian roots. They can also be a third party in a game that already has cops and mobsters.
- Because of the blurring between Triads and Tongs (especially in Western eyes), the GM can use them as a Red Herring. Someone might have a reputation of being a dangerous Triad, when in reality he's only a member of an exclusive Chinese businessman's club.