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Are Caracas’ Murders Really Falling?

A recent government announcement about an alleged drop in the murder rate in Venezuela’s capital, Caracas, raises strong doubts about whether official figures are...
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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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Mexico Takes Down Mafia That Sold Low-Quality Food to Venezuela

The dismantling, in Mexico, of an international network that sold and shipped low-quality food to Venezuela can be added to the string of corruption investigations...
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Mining Massacre Signals ELN Expansion Into Venezuela

The recent massacre of seven people in one of Venezuela’s mining regions may confirm that the Colombia guerrilla group ELN is expanding its criminal activities...
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Colombia’s ELN, Ex-FARC Mafia Recruiting Hungry Venezuela Migrants

Reports that criminal groups in Colombia are increasingly recruiting migrants from Venezuela shows how these armed actors are taking advantage of those fleeing...
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US Sanctions on Venezuela First Lady Solidify Country’s Mafia State Status

Recent US sanctions against four top Venezuela government officials and close collaborators, among them the country’s first lady, add new dimensions and further...
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Venezuela, the New Regional Crime Hub

Venezuela has become a regional crime hub, with profound consequences for Latin America and beyond. And with another Nicolás Maduro term, the roots of organized...
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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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New Criminal Group Runs Fuel Smuggling at Colombia-Venezuela Border

Rivers of gasoline flow across the desert border from Venezuela into Colombia’s La Guajira department, nourishing an immense illegal market and enriching a new...