Haiti's national security situation has deteriorated to the point that many of its organized crime groups are among the most powerful actors in the country. While Haiti's street gangs were often in league with political parties and were paid to repress opposition rallies and force people to vote a certain way, the assassination of President Jovenel Moïse in July 2021 saw them gain more power still. Gangs such as the G9, the G-PEP, and 400 Mawozo control large swathes of the capital Port-au-Prince and other parts of the country, kidnapping, extorting, and killing with almost complete impunity.
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Haiti's organized crime landscape has deteriorated to the point that its largest gangs are among the most powerful actors in the country. The prolonged absence of functional security institutions has seen kidnapping, extortion, and weapons trafficking reach severe levels.Read the profile here
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