With InSight Crime’s Criminal GameChangers 2018, we highlighted the most important trends in organized crime in the Americas over the course of last year. From a rise in illicit drug availability and resurgence of monolithic criminal groups to the weakening of anti-corruption efforts and a swell in militarized responses to crime, 2018 was a year in which political issues were still often framed as left or right, but the only ideology that mattered was organized crime.
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Criminal GameChangers 2018 | Organized Crime in the Americas
Two years of Donald Trump’s strange, haphazard foreign policy has had a devastating impact on foreign relations in the region and has opened the door to transnational organized crime.
Presidential elections in the two countries at the heart of Latin America’s drug trade both brought significant change in 2018.
Struggles against corruption have not died out, but they end the year weaker than they started it.
Turbulence reigned in 2018, but there was one constant: the flow of Venezuelans fleeing their country.
While traditional criminal organizations have widened their portfolios dramatically in recent years, drug trafficking remains the most important earner in the region.
Which criminal structures have gained the most strength in Latin America in 2018? Three groups, all based in different nations, have engaged in aggressive expansion, both territorial and economic, and are set to dominate the region’s criminal landscape.
It is hard to be optimistic for 2019. The current trends all point to a strengthening of organized crime throughout Latin America and the Caribbean.