Extortion plagues much of Latin America. The pernicious crime plays out in many ways, and citizens suffer.

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Southern Mexico Extortion Suggests Migration of Central American Gangs 

NEWS / 30 JAN 2023

While thousands of gang members have been arrested in El Salvador, some may have moved their activities to Mexico.

Carlos Capa Gang


The Carlos Capa gang is one of the oldest surviving criminal gangs in Valles del Tuy, south of Caracas in Venezuela.

Death, Taxes, and Extortion: Why Latin American Companies Keep Paying Up

NEWS / 10 JAN 2023

Extortion in Latin America continues to bring in fortunes for criminal gangs. So how do they do it?…

Honduras' State of Exception May Set Worrying Precedent

NEWS / 29 NOV 2022

Honduras declared a state of exception as extortion cases rise, suspending constitutional rights in cities and deploying thousands of troops.

Extortion in Northern Triangle Worth Over $1 Billion Annually: Report

NEWS / 3 OCT 2022

Extortion in the Northern Triangle is predominantly done from prisons, yet prison populations have been on the rise.

Express Extortion: Easy Credit Apps Come at a High Cost In Mexico

NEWS / 13 JUL 2022

Scammers in Mexico have yet again evolved their modus operandi by using express credit apps to extort users and drain their bank accounts.

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