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Arms seized from a Haitian kidnapping gang
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How Haiti Successfully Curbed Kidnappings

Until recently, abductions in Haiti were rampant and almost always happened the same way: ski-mask-clad kidnappers would surround a house, force entry, ransack the...
Officials presenting the findings of the Violence Observatory
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Are Honduras Security Policies Behind Drops in Homicide, Extortion?

Measures taken by Honduran authorities to combat crime are being credited for a declining trend in the homicide rate and a 75 percent reduction in extortion, though...
Seized cocaine precursor chemicals
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Ecuador Chemical Tracking to Test Traffickers’ Adaptability

Ecuador is developing new technology to track chemicals used in drug production as they move through the country, in a step that could be undermined by the...
Brazil has launched major anti-trafficking publicity campaigns
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Reports of Human Trafficking Rise Dramatically In Brazil

The number of reports of human trafficking in Brazil has risen 1,500 percent in 2013, according to government figures, indicating an increased awareness of a crime,...