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Peru to Send Investigators to Human Trafficking Hotspots

Peru to Send Investigators to Human Trafficking Hotspots

Peru has announced plans to hire four special prosecutors to investigate cases of human trafficking, a crime concentrated in regions with high levels of tourism or illegal gold mining. Read More

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Although violence in Peru has been relatively low since the end of its civil conflict in the late 1990s, the cocaine trade is on the rise in the country, which surpassed Colombia to become the world's largest producer of cocaine in 2011, according to some estimates. Profits from drug trafficking and illegal logging have fueled a small resurgence of the Shining Path, a Maoist guerrilla group that no longer poses a major threat to the stability of the Peruvian state, but which continues to attack security forces and foreign multinationals in the remote Apurimac, Ene and Mantaro River Valley (VRAEM) region of central Peru.

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  • Peru to Send Investigators to Human Trafficking Hotspots

    Peru has announced plans to hire four special prosecutors to investigate cases of human trafficking, a crime concentrated in regions with high levels of tourism or illegal gold mining.

  • Peru Steps Up Efforts to Cut Cocaine Air Bridge

    Peru's government plans to purchase several military planes and install 10 military bases in the country's principal coca-producing region, supported by a new radar system -- a sign that the world's top cocaine producer is working to cut drug flights to Bolivia.

  • Peru Blows Up Narco Airstrips

    Authorities in Peru have destroyed 54 clandestine landing strips in a major operation targeting aerial drug trafficking, a concerted effort to discourage smugglers from using the so-called air bridge between Peru and Bolivia, but one that will likely bear little fruit. 

  • Smugglers Moving Dominicans From Bolivia to Chile

    Authorities in Bolivia have identified a network of Peruvian coyotes dedicated to smuggling Dominicans into Chile, highlighting how economic changes have spurred the development of new migration patterns and accompanying criminal networks.

  • 200 Peru Police Linked to Crime Ring Allegedly Run by Retired Colonel

    Two hundred police officers are under investigation for ties to a criminal network allegedly led by a retired colonel, in the latest example of officials being accused of playing a central role in facilitating organized crime in Peru.

  • Phone Recordings Link Peru Police to Drug Clan

    Authorities in Peru have dismissed nearly two dozen police officials in the northern coastal city of Chiclayo for ties to drug trafficking, highlighting widespread official corruption in the country.

  • Peru Activist Murders Highlight Illegal Logging Threat

    The murder of a prominent land rights activist and three other indigenous men in Peru's Amazon region has been attributed to illegal loggers, in a case highlighting the threat the timber trafficking industry poses to those who attempt to stop it.

  • Peru Extortion Gang Goes Multinational

    A criminal group from Peru dedicated principally to extortion of the construction sector has reportedly joined forces with similar groups in Ecuador, Bolivia, and Colombia, an indicator the group is almost certainly diversifying its business portfolio.

  • Peru's Shining Path Rebels Video Shows New Blood, Weapons

    Peru's Shining Path rebel movement has released a video showing its fighters, several very young, parading with an impressive arsenal, as the group seeks to show it is still a force to be reckoned with.

  • How Much is Peru's Illegal Mining Worth?

    A Peruvian research institute stated that the country's illegal mining industry pulled in $3.4 billion worth of profits over the past seven years, although it's possible the actual profits are much higher.