Archive: Feb 2014

Mexico Sex Traffickers Using Child Recruiters in Evolving Trade

GENDER AND CRIME / 4 FEB 2014

Sex traffickers in Mexico have reportedly begun using underage girls to recruit other minors for sexual exploitation, reflecting a broader trend of the increasing use of children by organized crime.

Do People in Venezuela Support Civilian or Military Policing?

INFOGRAPHICS / 3 FEB 2014

Since our last article in this series there have been significant changes in the administration of citizen security in Venezuela. The murder of actress Monica Spear and her husband last…

Argentina ‘No’ to Military Use in Drug War Bucks Regional Trend

ARGENTINA / 3 FEB 2014

Argentina's defense minister has rejected the possibility of deploying the military to combat the growing problem of drug trafficking, a wise move given the nature of country's underworld and criminal…

Stealing Fuel from Pipelines Big Business in Mexico

MEXICO / 3 FEB 2014

More than 2000 illegal valves placed on Mexico's oil pipelines are sucking vast quantities of fuel from the state oil company Pemex, and have spawned an illegal industry worth millions.

27 Criminals Behind Caracas Kidnapping Chaos: Police

KIDNAPPING / 3 FEB 2014

A Venezuela police report asserted that 27 criminals were responsible for the majority of kidnappings in Caracas, a crime that is reaching epidemic proportions and contributing to the country's slide…

Guatemala Poppy Eradication Campaign Takes on Rising Cultivation

GUATEMALA / 3 FEB 2014

Authorities in Guatemala have eradicated 65 hectares of poppy despite fierce resistance from farmers, as the country struggles to tackle record amounts of opium poppy cultivation along the border with…

Guatemala Bus Extortion Case: Maras Adopting Zetas Methods?

BARRIO 18 / 3 FEB 2014

A group of Guatemala bus extortionists recently sentenced to prison were apparently paying a quota to street gangs, suggesting the Guatemalan Maras have adopted a territorial model associated with Mexico's…

Could Chapo Guzman be Making a Move Against His Sinaloa Cartel Partner?

EL CHAPO / 3 FEB 2014

The death, imprisonment and targeting of several members of Ismael "El Mayo" Zambada's faction of the Sinaloa Cartel points to a disturbing possibility for Mexico's underworld: Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman…

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InSight Crime Events – Border Crime: The Northern Triangle and Tri-Border Area

ARGENTINA / 25 JAN 2021

Through several rounds of extensive field investigations, our researchers have analyzed and mapped out the main illicit economies and criminal groups present in 39 border departments spread across the six countries of study – the Northern Triangle trio of Guatemala, Honduras, and El…

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InSight Crime’s ‘Memo Fantasma’ Investigation Wins Simón Bolívar National Journalism Prize

COLOMBIA / 20 NOV 2020

The staff at InSight Crime was awarded the prestigious Simón Bolívar national journalism prize in Colombia for its two-year investigation into the drug trafficker known as “Memo Fantasma,” which was…

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InSight Crime – From Uncovering Organized Crime to Finding What Works

COLOMBIA / 12 NOV 2020

This project began 10 years ago as an effort to address a problem: the lack of daily coverage, investigative stories and analysis of organized crime in the Americas. …

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InSight Crime – Ten Years of Investigating Organized Crime in the Americas

FEATURED / 2 NOV 2020

In early 2009, Steven Dudley was in Medellín, Colombia. His assignment: speak to a jailed paramilitary leader in the Itagui prison, just south of the city. Following his interview inside…