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Op-Ed: Venezuela, The Ongoing Hurricane in the Caribbean

While Colombia bears the brunt of the Venezuelan exodus in terms of sheer numbers, several islands of the Caribbean, like Trinidad and Tobago, are being battered by...
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Peru Running Out of Ideas to Stop Illegal Mining in Madre de Dios

Authorities in Peru have launched a largescale operation aimed at driving out illegal gold mining and other illicit activities in the Madre de Dios region, but...
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Human Trafficking Conviction Rates on the Rise in Latin America

Although human trafficking continues to surge on the continent, improved legislation and the investment in social platforms are leading to higher human trafficking...
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GameChangers 2018: 5 Reasons LatAm Organized Crime Will Strengthen in 2019

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, as the...
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GameChangers 2018: Venezuelan Migration a New Gold Mine for Organized Crime

Turbulence reigned in 2018, but there was one constant: the flow of Venezuelans fleeing their country. The unceasing migration has left thousands of people...
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Trans Women: The Unseen Victims of Human Trafficking

Sharon welcomes us to her home in the baking jungle of Pucallpa. She wears sandals and a long dress with her hair tied back. She has finished serving dinner to her...
Cinthia Carolina Tell has been accused of leading a trafficking network in Peru
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Former Peru Police Chief Accused of Role in Baby Trafficking Network

The recent arrest of the former director of Peru’s national police as part of a group accused of leading a baby trafficking network revealed the level of...
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Human Trafficking in Colombia Increasingly Targets Venezuelan Migrants

Three separate human trafficking networks that targeted Venezuelans were dismantled in less than a week in Colombia, showing how the increasing forced migration of...
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Restrictions on Venezuela Migrants Boost Criminal Networks

New immigration restrictions announced by some countries in Latin America to stem the tide of migrants fleeing Venezuela could create a boomerang effect in the...
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5 Strategies to Combat Human Trafficking in the Americas

Human trafficking remains one of world’s most profitable criminal industries, but recent initiatives show governments and activists across the Americas are...
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Transnational Sex Trafficking Rings Cash In on Venezuela Crisis

Authorities in Spain and Venezuela have arrested members of two different transnational networks sexually exploiting women and girls fleeing the South American...
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Trump’s Border Policies Strengthen Organized Crime. Here’s How.

The Trump administration’s stated purpose of “zero tolerance” of illegal immigration on US borders is to lower crime rates, but research shows that the net...