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Panama’s Sex Workers Easy Prey for Extortionist Cops

In Panama, women in the sex trade are exposed to monetary and sexual extortion by corrupt police officers. But a new prosecution system has gone some way to...
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Independent Criminal Groups

The variety of extortionists in Central America speaks to the ease with which opportunists can set up their own schemes. Independent actors have taken advantage of...
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Extortion Explainer 3: The Modus Operandi

A cheap phone and a few dollars’ worth of prepaid credit serve as the rudimentary tools of extortionists in Northern Triangle countries. Here are some of the most...
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Drug Gangs Corrupt Panama’s Shipping Industry

Drug gangs have infiltrated a Panama port through employees who smuggle cocaine into cargo containers destined for Europe -- a trafficking scheme that shows how...
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Major Odebrecht Corruption Cases and Investigations in 2019

Since beginning in Brazil with the “Operation Car Wash” (“Operação Lava Jato”) investigation in 2014, the Odebrecht corruption scandal has been headline...
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Panama Security Officials Implicated in International Arms Trafficking Network

Authorities in Panama are asking the United States for assistance in investigating an international arms trafficking network that may have included the...
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New Panama Law Small Stride Towards Shrugging Dirty Money Stigma

Panama is seeking to clean up its image as a financial crimes haven by passing new regulations but the process has been tarnished by its failure to address certain...
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Task Force Points Out Gaps in Panama Money Laundering Laws

A new report demonstrates that although Panamanian authorities have made progress in combating money laundering, the country’s laws continue to make it an...
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European Cocaine Seizures Hint at New Possibilities for Colombia Traffickers

Major cocaine seizures in Spain, Portugal and Ecuador illustrate the European cocaine pipeline that has become a central part of the operations of Colombian drug...