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How Corruption Feeds Land Trafficking in Latin America

How Corruption Feeds Land Trafficking in Latin America

Recent cases involving the illegal appropriation and sale of lands in Peru and Brazil highlight how lucrative land trafficking can be in Latin America, and how it is often facilitated by official corruption. 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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  • How Corruption Feeds Land Trafficking in Latin America

    Land traffickers often rely on corruption

    Recent cases involving the illegal appropriation and sale of lands in Peru and Brazil highlight how lucrative land trafficking can be in Latin America, and how it is often facilitated by official corruption.

  • Latin America Organized Crime: What to Expect in 2015

    A member of the Barrio 18 gang

    Latin America is the most dangerous region in the world in terms of homicides and 2015 is unlikely to see any change in that. Below we list seven of the nations we believe are the most vulnerable to transnational organized crime in 2015.

  • The Trials of Drug 'Mules' in Chile's Northern Desert

    The Arica desert in north Chile

    Article 22 of Chile's drug law states that a prisoner may reduce their sentence by cooperating with the police. In a perversion of these regulations, powerful inmates will coordinate drug shipments, only to later rat out the drug "mules" and "burreros" -- people from low-income backgrounds who transport cocaine and marijuana. Journalism collective Dromomanos traced this route, in the final article published by Mexican newspaper Domingo El Universal as part of its "Drug Trafficking in the Americas" series.

  • Drug Clan Highlights Structure of Peru Organized Crime

    Minister Urresti announcing the property seizures

    Authorities in Peru have dismantled a drug trafficking clan and seized over $11 million dollars in assets in a case that sheds light on the nature of Peruvian organized crime and drug trade.

  • How Poor Controls Facilitate Peru's Illegal Logging

    Illegal logging in Peru is facilitated by poor controls

    As the United Nations climate change conference wraps up in Lima, one newspaper in Peru has given a breakdown of how faulty controls facilitate the country's illegal timber trade -- a driver of deforestation and violence against indigenous populations.

  • Top 5 Heists by Security Forces in Latin America

    A container with cash stolen by police in Honduras

    From stealing chickens to hiding millions discovered in remote jungles, security forces in Latin America have been involved in a number of high-profile thefts. InSight Crime counts down the top heists committed by police and military in the region.

  • Can Drones be Used to Fight Eco-Trafficking in Latin America?

    Drones could help prevent rampant deforestation.

    With indigenous communities in Panama and Peru reportedly planning to use drones to monitor rainforest destruction, this raises all kinds of possibilities for how drones could be used in the future to detect environmental crimes like timber trafficking and illegal mining. 

  • Perceptions of Insecurity Increasing in LatAm: Report

    LAPOP map of changes in security perceptions

    The results of the 2014 LAPOP survey show that perceptions of insecurity are on the rise in Latin America, particularly in South America where a new drug trafficking dynamic may be partly to blame.

  • Fmr Campaign Advisor to President Humala Now Peru's Most Wanted

    Martin Belaunde with President Humala and his wife

    In what represents the latest in a series of cases to expose ties between Peru's elite and criminal groups, a prominent businessman and former presidential campaign advisor is now among the Peruvian government's most wanted fugitives.

  • Peru Seizes $1 Bn in Assets from Leader of Massive Crime Ring

    Rodolfo Orellana was captured in November

    Authorities in Peru have seized 17 estates reportedly worth more than $1 billion from Rodolfo Orellana, the incarcerated leader of a massive network dedicated to money laundering and land theft, highlighting the scale of his criminal empire -- which he likely relied on years of political protection to build.