Analysis

Mexico Lacks Will, Means to Prevent Child Recruitment: Interview

HOMICIDES / 2 DEC 2020

Between 35,000 and 45,000 boys, girls and teenagers are apprehended and exploited by criminal groups in Mexico, according to Saskia Niño de Rivera, the director of Reinserta, a foundation that…

Brazil’s Dirty List – Not Making a Dent in Modern Slavery

BRAZIL / 30 NOV 2020

A government raid on an illegal gold mine in northern Brazil freed 39 people working in conditions of slavery and revealed once again the challenges that the country’s anti-slavery mechanisms…

Contentious Guatemala Budget Sees Frustrations Boil Over

ELITES AND CRIME / 25 NOV 2020

Protestors flooded the streets of Guatemala after the congress approved a budget for 2021 that, reduced funds for the judicial branch by half, while increasing funding for offices accused of…

Why Have Political Assassinations More Than Doubled in Brazil?

BRAZIL / 24 NOV 2020

Political assassinations have marred successive Brazilian elections but the pace of these killings has more than doubled in 2020, with the power of militia groups blamed for much of the…

Going Door to Door: Mexico City’s Response To Child Recruitment

GULF CARTEL / 24 NOV 2020

Officials in Mexico City have launched a new program which will seek to impede criminal networks from recruiting minors across its Historic Center, suggesting the capital's government is taking an…

Corruption, Containers, Cocaine: Guyana's Role In Transnational Drug Trafficking

COCAINE / 20 NOV 2020

A recent string of high-profile interceptions targeting international drug trafficking operations have confirmed Guyana remains a crucial transit point for cocaine headed across the Atlantic and to the United States.

Corrupt New York Cop Crucial Link in Dominican Drug Trafficking Ring

COCAINE / 19 NOV 2020

A New York City police officer is accused of assisting a Dominican drug gang that moved hundreds of kilograms of cocaine, in a case that reveals how Dominican transnational organized…

Backroom Deal Trumps US Drug Charges Against Mexico’s Ex-Defense Minister

BELTRAN LEYVA ORG / 18 NOV 2020

Authorities in Mexico will face one of their biggest anti-corruption tests yet after a bombshell deal was brokered with the United States to drop the federal drug charges that lead…

From Street Gangs to Presidents: InSight Crime's Decade of Covering the Underworld

COCAINE / 18 NOV 2020

At InSight Crime’s 10th anniversary conference, presenter Robert Muggah described the primary reaction he has received when collaborating with the organization across Brazil, Colombia, Peru and El Salvador. “Wherever we…

Record Cocaine Haul at Belgium Port Uncovers Police Corruption

COCAINE / 17 NOV 2020

Authorities in Belgium have arrested a former top counter-narcotics official who they say is being investigated for suspected involvement with a ring that concealed 11.5 tons of cocaine in cargo…

Why Former FARC Fighters are Abandoning Colombia's Reintegration Camps

COLOMBIA / 16 NOV 2020

As part of the 2016 peace deal between Colombia's government and the FARC, which ended decades of war, thousands of demobilized guerrillas entered reintegration camps to help them transition…

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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Oceans Pillaged in Central America and the Caribbean

5 AUG 2022

Last week, InSight Crime published the first installment of a nine-part investigation uncovering the hidden depths of Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishing in Latin America. The first installment covered Central America and…

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Venezuela’s Tren de Aragua Becomes Truly Transnational

29 JUL 2022

This week, InSight Crime published a deep dive into the total control that Venezuelan mega-gang, Tren de Aragua, has over the lives of those it smuggles between Venezuela and Chile…

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Turkish Traffickers Delivering Latin American Cocaine to Persian Gulf

15 JUL 2022

Last week, InSight Crime published the second half of an investigation piecing together the emerging role of Turkish cocaine traffickers in supplying Russia and the Persian Gulf, which are among…

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Turkey as a Lynchpin in European Cocaine Pipeline

8 JUL 2022

InSight Crime is extending its investigation into the cocaine pipeline to Europe, and tracking the growing connections between Latin American drug traffickers and European criminal organizations. This led us to…

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Memo Fantasma Coverage Gets Worldwide Attention

1 JUL 2022

Guillermo Acevedo, the former Colombian drug lord and paramilitary commander better known as Memo Fantasma, may soon be allowed to leave prison. Since first revealing the identity of Memo Fantasma…