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Colombia Elites and Organized Crime: ‘Don Berna’

...from taxing purely drug trafficking activities into taxing local drug dealing, gambling, private security, prostitution, extortion and illegal gasoline sales, to name but a few. With the collapse of...

Honduras Elites and Organized Crime: The Cachiros

...special security tax. The fund manager would have to handle sensitive information, including how the resources would be spent on the security forces as well as other security-related equipment,...

Mexico Security Firms Need Regulation to Prevent Criminality: Report

...the University of Texas at Austin, shows that although Mexico’s private security sector has grown steadily over the past eight years, many private security companies operate without regulatory oversight...

Guatemala Elites and Organized Crime: The CICIG

...under Victor Rivera Azuaje, a shadowy Venezuelan who had worked for years with Central American governments and the private sector, dealing with kidnappings and other security matters. Rivera Azuaje...
Former mayor Giuliani in Guatemala

The Challenges for Giuliani’s Security Strategy in Guatemala

...the industrial or business sector spends on private security, which is 1.77 percent. In addition, there are more people working in private security than there are police. An estimate...
A private security guard in Brazil

Security Firms are Big Source of Weapons for Rio Criminals

...weapons. In El Salvador, where private security personnel outnumber civil police officers, over 1,700 private security weapons initially reported as missing between 2009 and 2011 were later found to have been sold...

University Deans and Guatemala’s Convoluted Road to a New Attorney General

...political interest and organized crime groups. On the fourth floor of an office building in the financial district of Guatemala City, armed men from a private security company guard...

Guatemala’s Mafia State and the Case of Mauricio López Bonilla

...for this protection was never clear. Chacón would later say that no money was exchanged, but she claimed that she did invest in a private security company López Bonilla...
A solider stands guard at a school

In Acapulco Schools, Math is Hard; Gunfights are Harder

...later. That’s a security measure put in place for the teachers who come in from other neighborhoods and would otherwise be arriving when it’s still dark. Another security measure:...

Colombia’s Mirror: War and Drug Trafficking in the Prison System

...most dangerous criminals and included three rings of perimeter security, four rings of internal security and technology such as motion sensors, high resolution security cameras, x-ray scanners, and electronic...

Counting Firearms in Honduras

...And there is no information regarding which government entity keeps insurance records, records of private firearms transactions, or reports about stolen weapons. Regarding private transactions, there are no stated...

Honduras Levies Security Tax to Pay for Prison

...security, and said that the government wants to “have more public security and less private security.” But the private sector’s response has been mixed. Some business leaders say that...