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Wednesday, 01 September 2010 17:15

20,000 Migrants Kidnapped per year in Mexico

Twenty thousand migrants per year are kidnapped in Mexico by criminal groups, ElSalvador.com says, citing Mexican and international monitoring organizations. The startling number appears just days after 72 migrants were found shot and killed execution style in the Tamaulipas state in northern Mexico. Many of these migrants ride the so-called “train of death” to reach the border. As this CNN report makes clear, it is a treacherous trip.
Published in News Analysis
Thursday, 02 September 2010 19:18

'Zetas Control Human Trafficking in Hidalgo'

A report in Milenio describes how the Zetas control the human trafficking trade in the central state of Hidalgo, where an estimated 500,000 migrants (mostly Central American) pass each year.
Published in News Briefs
Friday, 03 September 2010 19:30

More Kidnappings of Migrants

Authorities reported several more kidnappings of migrants in Mexico, including a case in Tijuana where 17 migrants continue missing, La Hora newspaper reports. Other cases stretched from Cuncún to the border with Guatemala.
Published in News Analysis
Friday, 03 September 2010 19:38

Mexican Military Kills 25 Suspected 'Zetas'

The Mexican military announced it had killed 25 suspected members of the Zetas criminal organization in the municipality of Treviño, Tamaulipas, while they rescued three kidnap victims from a farm, according to an Associated Press report.
Published in News Analysis
Monday, 06 September 2010 18:13

Guatemalans Working with Zetas Sentenced

Six Guatemalan former military were sentenced to prison this week in Mexico for working with the Mexican criminal group the Zetas, Prensa Libre says. The Guatemalans allegedly helped the Mexican group free several of their comrades from a holding center. They said they were contracted to work as halcones or lookouts. Guatemalan former military have reportedly joined the Zetas in droves, especially its special forces, the Kaibiles.
Published in News Analysis
Tuesday, 07 September 2010 19:43

Suspected Human Smugglers Found Dead

Mexican authorities found three dead bodies of men they said were members of the group that killed 72 migrants in Tamaulipas last month, La Cronica reported. One of the witnesses, a Honduran migrant who escaped, identified the men. They were found along the side of the road near where the massacre happened after members of the Mexican Navy received an anonymous phone tip. The army killed three other alleged members of the gang that killed the migrants, and another was captured. The Zetas drug trafficking organization are said to be responsible for the massacre. The gang has branched into human trafficking in recent years, which the United Nations estimates is a $7 billion per year business.
Published in News Analysis
Thursday, 09 September 2010 16:13

17 Dead in Honduras Gang Massacre

Honduras is seeing the fallout from Tuesday’s grisly massacre inside a shoe factory, when three perpetrators used AK-47s to slaughter 17 people.

Published in News Analysis
Saturday, 30 October 2010 21:02

Z40

Miguel Angel Treviño, alias "Z40," was a top commander of the Zetas criminal organization in Mexico. He was captured by Mexican Marines on July 15, 2013. 

Published in Personalities Mexico
Saturday, 30 October 2010 21:13

Z3

Heriberto Lazcano, alias "Z3," was a former commander in the Mexican special forces, before going on to head the Zetas’ drug trafficking operations. He was killed in a shootout with Mexican marines in October 2012.

Published in Personalities Mexico
Tuesday, 02 November 2010 12:30

Arrested Farmers Deny Cartel Links

Amidst confusing and suspicious circumstances, Mexican authorities say they have arrested eight members of the Peasant Farmer and Popular Organization.

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The Zetas in Nuevo Laredo

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After the capture of Zetas boss "Z40," Nuevo Laredo is bracing itself for the worst. This investigation breaks down what makes the city such an important trafficking corridor, and what it will take for the Zetas to maintain their grip on the city.

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The possibility of ending nearly 50 years of civil conflict is being dangled before Colombia. While the vast majority of the Colombian public want to see peace, the enemies of the negotiations appear to be strong, and the risks inherent in the process are high.

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InSight Crime coordinated an investigation into the new face of displacement in Latin America, where organized criminal groups are expanding and forcing people to flee.

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Target: Migrants

Target: Migrants

The growth of organized crime in Mexico and Central America has led to an increase in violence and insecurity across the region, posing challenges to citizens, public security forces, and travelers.

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Zetas in Guatemala

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Mexico's Zetas have taken Guatemala by storm, and they are testing this country and the rest of the region: fail this test, and Central America sinks deeper into the abyss.

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