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Rances Ulises Amaya, alias 'Murder' or 'Blue'

The MS13’s Prostitution Rings in the United States

Social workers and police officers in Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia (DC) have detected at least nine child prostitution rings since 2009. Most of...
Brazilian workers employed by Odebrecht in Angola

Brazil World Cup Stadium Builders Accused of Human Trafficking

One of Brazil's largest construction companies has been accused of human trafficking and keeping workers in slave-like conditions, underscoring the pervasiveness of...
A Bolivian worker in a Sao Paulo textile workshop

Sweatshop Raid Raises Concerns Over Peru to Brazil Human Trafficking

Authorities in Brazil have rescued 17 Peruvians from slave-like conditions in a textile workshop in São Paulo, leading officials to warn Peru may become the...
Agricultural workers in Brazil

Brazil Frees Nearly 3,000 Slaves

Brazilian authorities rescued almost 3,000 people from conditions of slavery in 2012, as the country continues to strengthen its efforts to tackle the entrenched...
An anti-human trafficking ad in Brazil

Brazil Announces New Anti-Human Trafficking Measures

Brazil has announced a three-year plan to combat human trafficking, including tougher border controls and a revision of the penal code, in a country where forced...

‘The Mafia’s Shadow’ Highlights the Human Rights Consequences of Organized Crime

In April of this year, InSight Crime, with financing from the non-governmental organization Internews, met with journalists from four online news media...

Slaves of Organized Crime in Latin America

In Latin America, the word slavery tends to conjure images of indigenous people subjected to forced labor at the end of a whip, and auctions of African men and...

Men Who Sold Women: Human Trafficking Networks in Central America

A prosecutor asks. Grecia responds. "Where did they do it to you?" "On my right calf. They took us to a place where we did the tattoo. They made  us eat...

How Mexico’s Zetas Enslave Engineers

The date was January 25, 2009, and Jose Antonio Robledo Fernandez was talking to his girlfriend on the phone as he parked his car in front of a mechanic shop in...

Of Slaves and Serfs: Guatemala’s ‘Occupied’ Bodies

Organized crime networks dedicated to human trafficking have had a great deal of time to perfect their system and ally themselves with new players in Guatemala,...

Cannon Fodder: Forced Recruitment in Tumaco

Young people living on Colombia's Pacific coast, the country's main cocaine-producing region,  are at risk of being recruited into the conflict -- if not by...