Tiny Raskal Gang or TRG
The “TRG”, also known as the “Tiny Raskal Gang” or “Tiny Rascals”, was created in California during the middle 1980′s. It was formed by Cambodian youth gang members and is presently considered the largest Asian Street gang in the United States. Tiny Rascals Gang is the largest Asian gang in the country. Two sets are known “The Grey Rags” and “The Blue Rag sets”. This gang is known to have members in Connecticut, the Portland, Maine, the Lowell,MA and Brattleboro, VT) areas, as well as in the New Hampshire Prison System. Member are both male and female. The females are known as the “Lady Rascals Gang”. Originally, the gang’s main purpose was to protect Cambodians from other, more established gangs of Long Beach, who were predominately comprised of Mexicans and African Americans. For this reason, the gang initially allowed only Cambodians to join, but later allowed other Asian Americans to join as well. Many Tiny Rascal Gang members from the Long Beach area have been deported either because of their illegal status in the United States, or for committing crimes as non citizens, or both. As a result of these deportations, members of TRG have recruited more members in their home countries. The Los Angeles Times contends that deportation policies have contributed to the size and influence of the gang both in the United States and in Cambodia. Cambodian authorities report that approximately 60% of prison inmates serving prison terms for gang related crimes there have either fled prosecution or been deported from the United States.