InSight Crime has spent two years chronicling criminal activity in Central America’s Northern Triangle and the Southern Cone’s Tri-Border Area – two regions pivotal to transborder crime.
We have mapped out criminal actors and economies in 39 border departments across six countries – Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Paraguay, Argentina and Brazil.
To visualize our research, InSight Crime has developed an interactive dashboard – an online mapping tool that allows users to explore different types of criminal activities and groups in both regions.
Six deep-dive investigations into corruption and transnational crime will be progressively rolled out during the online series, with each investigation highlighting a particular country. For full details and registration, click on the event listing.
Border Departments and OC
One of Paraguay’s most sparsely populated but most homicidal departments, Alto Paraguay serves as an important cocaine transit corridor.
In Concepción, powerful drug traffickers have penetrated local politics. With corruption rife, some municipalities have started to resemble criminal enclaves.
Itapúa is a minor marijuana producer but an important transit corridor for cannabis smuggled into Argentina. Some areas of the river border it shares with Argentina are considered hotspots for…
Despite boasting one of Paraguay’s lowest murder rates, Ñeembucú is an important transit point for marijuana heading to Argentina.