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An extortion note left by a Chinese mafia
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Power Vacuum Leads to Fighting Among Chinese Mafias in Argentina

Three Chinese mafias are reportedly vying for criminal dominance following the capture of the leader of the most powerful mafia in Argentina, demonstrating the...
Gangs target students and schools for extortion
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Closing of Private School in Honduras Linked to Extortion

The temporary closing of a private school in Honduras may have been due to the imposition of what administrators are calling a "war tax," an illustration of how...
Franz Wiebe has been kept hostage by the EPP since July 2016
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Paraguay Rebel Group Extorts Landowners to Build Local Support

Paraguay's main guerrilla group has demanded that the family of a hostage provide aid to impoverished communities in exchange for the prisoner's release,...
An MS13 graffiti being painted over by an official in El Salvador
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Report Says El Salvador Gangs Have Created a Parallel State

A new study argues that powerful street gangs have gone a long way toward creating a parallel state in El Salvador, providing a helpful framework to illustrate the...
The funeral of Alejo Naborí, one of the three priests murdered in Mexico this year
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2016 Deadliest Year for Catholic Priests in Mexico

Mexico remains the most dangerous country in the world for Catholic priests, according to a report from the Catholic Church that calls out the government for its...
Catalino Mirando, owner of Acostes bus company, poses with his 9 mm pistol in his office.
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The El Salvador Businessman Who Does Not Pay the Gangs

El Salvador's main passenger transport entrepreneur dares to resist paying extortion to the country's gangs. Catalino Miranda already knows that the police and...
Extortion payments are deducted from some bus drivers' salaries
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The Bus Route That Institutionalized Extortion in El Salvador

In El Salvador, extortion demanded by gangs has become so normalized that there is a bus company that deducts the cost of extortion directly from drivers' payroll...
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‘MS13 Members Imprisoned in El Salvador Can Direct the Gang in the US’

Special Agent David LeValley headed the criminal division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation's (FBI) Washington office until last November 8. While in office,...
The recently detained migration official, left, and two Chinese nationals
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Investigation of Argentina’s Largest Chinese Mafia Leads to New Arrests

A high-level migration official and two Chinese nationals were arrested in Argentina as part of an ongoing investigation into the country's largest Chinese mafia,...
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The MS13 Moves (Again) to Expand on US East Coast

Local police and justice officials are convinced that the Mara Salvatrucha (MS13) has strengthened its presence along the East Coast of the United States. The alarm...
Two FARC members were recently killed in Bolívar department, Colombia
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Two FARC Guerrillas Killed in First Reported Violation of Colombia Ceasefire

Two FARC guerrillas have reportedly been killed by soldiers in Colombia in the first publicly reported violation of a bilateral ceasefire meant to smooth the path...
Federal police officers and migrants in Chiapas, Mexico.
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21 Mexico Police Arrested for Kidnapping, Extortion of Migrants

Nearly two dozen municipal police officers were arrested on suspicion of kidnapping and extortion of migrants in Mexico's Chiapas state, highlighting the rise of...