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El Salvador Murder Rate Highest Since End of Civil War

El Salvador registered more than 4300 murders in 2011, making it the bloodiest year since the end of the civil war in 1992, the result of street gang violence and...
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El Salvador’s Youth Offenders Centers Could Cause Rise in Crime: Official

La Prensa Grafica reports on the poor state of centers for the rehabilitation of young offenders in El Salvador, which officials warn could contribute to a rise in...
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Police Bust Guatemala-Jordan Sex Trafficking Ring

Guatemala has announced the dismantling of an international human trafficking ring that lured young Guatemalan women to Jordan, where they were forced to work in...
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El Salvador’s Military has Grown 50% Under Funes

El Salvador has increased its troop numbers by almost 57 percent since President Mauricio Funes came to power in 2009, according to the country’s Ministry of...
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Soldiers as Police: Expanding Military Roles in LatAm

In just the past week, the armed forces were given, or are on the verge of getting, new internal security roles in four Latin American...
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How Gangs Have Disturbed the Math of Soccer in El Salvador

Most of El Salvador’s professional soccer teams have stopped giving players the numbers 13 and 18, fearing reprisals from the MS-13 and Barrio 18 gangs. El Faro...
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El Salvador On Course for 8% Rise in Murders in 2011

El Salvador has already counted more murders in 2011 than in the whole of the previous year, according to...
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Kidnappings Down 50% in El Salvador

El Salvador has seen a 50 percent drop in the number of kidnappings in 2011 compared to the previous year, according to an organized crime...
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El Salvador Police Count 120,000 Unregistered Firearms

Over 128,000 firearms without a government permit are currently circulating in El Salvador, according to the national...