Snitches get stitches, but toads get loads of cash.Toads are professional criminal informants who make their fortune on living the criminal life long enough to be able to rat out on someone important. They are freelance agents in Megacorpolis already "free market" justice system and work for the highest bidder. They sell the dirt on crime lords, spoil drug deals and even testify in court before vanishing again with new, surgically augmented identities. Bad Toads have short careers with painful ends, but good ones can spin a yarn well enough to betray the same organization several times. The best toads of all are the ones who make someone else risk their lives then collect all the money.
Wretched Hive of Scum & Villainy
The difference between a snitch and a toad is that of an amateur and a professional, kid."Toads" are people who set out to become criminals for the purpose of selling information to the law enforcement corporations for profit. This information is usually shopped around first to see which corporation will offer the most for it, but Toads have to be careful. If the law enforcement corps find the price unreasonable, they have been known to use other means to extract the information.
Toads are true criminals and become deeply immersed in the lifestyle. Some are guilty of crimes worse than the people they sell out and law enforcement agents have learned that it is best not to ask questions.
You call it betrayal, I call it enterprise.