Criminal Slavery in Latin America

EL SALVADOR / 28 OCT 2012


In a collaboration with four media organizations in Latin America, InSight Crime looks at the role of organized crime in driving displacement and slavery in the region — and what authorities have failed to do about it.

Chapter 1

'The Mafia's Shadow' Highlights the Human Rights Consequences of Organized Crime

DISPLACEMENT / 28 OCT 2012

In April of this year, InSight Crime, with financing from the non-governmental organization Internews, met with journalists from four online news media organizations. The four represented the cream of the…

Chapter 2

Slaves of Organized Crime in Latin America

HUMAN TRAFFICKING / 25 OCT 2012

In Latin America, the word slavery tends to conjure images of indigenous people subjected to forced labor at the end of a whip, and auctions of African men and women…

Chapter 3

Men Who Sold Women: Human Trafficking Networks in Central America

EL SALVADOR / 25 OCT 2012

A prosecutor asks. Grecia responds. "Where did they do it to you?" "On my right calf. They took us to a place where we did the tattoo. They made  us…

Chapter 4

How Mexico's Zetas Enslave Engineers

HUMAN TRAFFICKING / 25 OCT 2012

The date was January 25, 2009, and Jose Antonio Robledo Fernandez was talking to his girlfriend on the phone as he parked his car in front of a mechanic shop…

Chapter 5

Of Slaves and Serfs: Guatemala's 'Occupied' Bodies

GUATEMALA / 25 OCT 2012

Organized crime networks dedicated to human trafficking have had a great deal of time to perfect their system and ally themselves with new players in Guatemala, including drug traffickers. Small…

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