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Police in Paraguay say they believe high-ranking members of Brazil's PCC criminal organization have fled Brazilian justice and relocated to Paraguay to plan further crimes, an indication of the extent to which the group sees the country as a safe haven and base of operations.

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An operation to catch the leader of a Brazilian network that smuggled cocaine into more than 30 countries serves as an example of the powerful independent traffickers operating in Brazil, though the drug boss remains at large.

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Police in Brazil say two top leaders of the PCC criminal organization run financial operations out of Paraguay and the United States, information that sheds light on the inner workings and international expansion of what began as a Sao Paulo prison gang.

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A study found that military police in Brazil's São Paulo state have killed more than 10,000 people since 1995, highlighting the country's failure to address violence carried out by the security forces.

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The discovery of a cyber crime operation in Brazil that may have stolen billions of dollars from Internet users is likely the largest electronic theft ever reported, illustrating the immense scale of this growing criminal activity.

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Considering that Brazil is the second-biggest market for cocaine in the world, relatively little is known about the shadowy networks that connect it to drug producing nations in the region, especially compared to the drug cartels that have become almost household names in the United States.

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One of Brazil's largest construction companies has been accused of human trafficking and keeping workers in slave-like conditions, underscoring the pervasiveness of labor abuses among Brazilian companies. 

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Authorities in Peru have identified seven human trafficking groups responsible for smuggling undocumented migrants through the country and into Brazil, highlighting how the emergence of new migration patterns leads to the development of new criminal networks.  

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In her most recent post, Rio de Janeiro based journalist and blogger Julia Michaels discusses "Todo dia é segunda-feira," (Everyday is Monday), a memoir by the state of Rio's Public Safety Secretary Jose Mariano Beltrame, who was the author of the pacification program in Rio's favelas and other moves to revise police anti-drug efforts.  

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Almost 200 tons of cocaine produced annually in the VRAEM region of Peru are transported by plane to Bolivia and on towards Latin America's principal market of Brazil, an air bridge facilitated by the inability of the region to effectively interdict drug flights. 

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