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Departure of Honduras Security Minister a Victory for Corrupt Cops

With the departure of Honduran Security Minister Oscar Alvarez, an outspoken foe of police corruption, the country is facing an uphill battle as it grapples with...
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How Extortion Rates Vary Across Mexico

The mass killing at a Monterrey casino, thought to be linked to a protection racket, draws attention to the growth in Mexico's extortion rates, which have more than...
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The Trail of Corruption Behind Mexico Casino Attack

As the Mexican city of Monterrey struggles to recover from the effects of an arson attack on a casino which killed 52 people, corrupt local governance is again...
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WikiLeaks Sheds Light on Criminal Ties to Monterrey Casinos

A diplomatic cable released by whistleblower website WikiLeaks offer further evidence of the climate of corruption that exists around the Monterrey gambling...
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FARC Step Up Extortion; Multinationals Targeted

The recent arrest of the FARC's alleged "extortion mastermind" shows that the guerrillas are intent on expanding a revenue stream which will make Colombia's...
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Mexican Gangs: Not Monsters, but Rational Actors

Though notorious for their brutality, Mexico’s organized criminal groups are rational actors who respond to market dynamics. If they are not forced into a showdown...
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Mexico Casino Arson Suspects ‘Did not Plan Massacre’

Mexican authorities paraded five men accused of the Monterrey casino arson attack, who allegedly told investigators that they had not intended to kill so many...
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El Salvador Buses Strike Against Extortion Rackets

At least two bus routes around San Salvador have been hit by drivers striking to demand that the authorities protect them from extortion demands by...
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Micro-Extortion Fills Pockets of Colombia Gangs

Shop owners, bus drivers and street vendors all have to make weekly extortion payments to the many gangs in Medellin, Colombia. The payments are small and difficult...
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‘Criminal Organizations Deepen Extortion Activities in U.S.’

Extortion has long been a favored tactic of drug gangs in Central America and Mexico, but evidence suggests that criminal organizations may be increasingly running...
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Argentina Arrests ‘Chinese Mafia’ Members Over Extortion

Argentina's authorities arrested four suspected members of a gang, two of them from China, who allegedly targeted Chinese establishments for extortion in the area...
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FARC Massacre 7 who Impersonated Rebels in Extortion Racket

Colombian rebels are believed to be behind the massacre of seven people who pretended to be the FARC in order to extort money, as the guerrillas step up their...