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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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Venezuela Prisons: Organized Crime Control Centers

For seven years under the same prison minister, organized crime groups have turned Venezuela's prisons into their own control centers. But rather than combat them,...
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EPL Urban Militia Sows Fear in Colombia-Venezuela Border Communities

The demobilization of Colombia's main guerrilla group, the FARC, has left a criminal power vacuum along the country's eastern border with Venezuela, where a war for...
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Latin America Citizens Say They Feel Least Safe for Ninth Year Running

A new report has again ranked Latin America and the Caribbean as the least secure region in the world for the ninth straight year in a row, underscoring the...
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Venezuela and El Salvador: Exporting Aid and Corruption

José Luis Merino is one of the most powerful figures in El Salvador’s governing political party and played a key role in the founding of ALBA Petróleos, a...
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Dominican Republic and Venezuela: Cocaine Across the Caribbean

Drug traffickers have a problem exporting drugs from Venezuela. There are few commercial flights, little container shipping, no tourists and a collapsed fishing...
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Honduras and Venezuela: Coup and Cocaine Air Bridge  

On the morning of Sunday, June 28, 2009, Honduran soldiers burst into the presidential palace in the country’s capital, Tegucigalpa, rustled President...
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Colombia and Venezuela: Criminal Siamese Twins   

Colombia and Venezuela have shared criminal dynamics for decades. Colombia has pushed cocaine through Venezuela on its journey to US and European markets,...
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The Devolution of State Power: ‘The Pranes’

In May 2011, a 26-year-old prison gang leader held 4,000 members of the Venezuelan security forces, backed by tanks and helicopters, at bay for weeks. Humiliated...
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Weekly InSight: Is Venezuela a Mafia State?

In our May 17 Facebook Live session, co-director Jerry McDermott and Spanish editor Ronna Rísquez explained the characteristics that transformed Venezuela into a...
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The Devolution of State Power: The ‘Colectivos’

They are known by supporters as “knights of steel” on their motorcycles, and as the most ardent defenders of Venezuela's Bolivarian Revolution. Yet now they...
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Drug Trafficking Within the Venezuelan Regime: The ‘Cartel of the Suns’

In Latin America, criminal entrepreneurs in the form of cartels, have traditionally run drug trafficking. In Venezuela, it is managed from within government,...