Evo's Challenge: Bolivia the Drug Hub

BOLIVIA / 16 OCT 2014

As Evo wins another five years in power, he faces the reality that his country is turning into a center for drug trafficking in South America. Can he stop transnational organized crime taking root?

Chapter 1

Bolivia: the New Hub for Drug Trafficking in South America

BOLIVIA / 16 OCT 2014

Transnational organized crime likes opportunities and little resistance. Bolivia currently provides both and finds itself at the heart of a new criminal dynamic that threatens national and citizen security in…

Chapter 2

10 Reasons Bolivia Is a Potential Haven for Organized Crime

BOLIVIA / 16 OCT 2014

It is important to note that InSight Crime does not believe that Bolivia has been taken over by transnational organized crime (TOC), nor is even close to it. However, the…

Chapter 3

Voices from Bolivia's Underworld

BOLIVIA / 13 OCT 2014

It is hard not to like Pedro. He is bright, charming and speaks flawless English. He is also a career criminal, from a criminal clan. Now 40, his criminal life…

Chapter 4

Bolivia Anti-Drug Official Recognizes Challenges

BOLIVIA / 13 OCT 2014

Bolivia's leading anti-drug official, Sabino Mendoza, is well aware of the challenges that drug trafficking and transnational organized crime present to his landlocked Andean nation. However, he is convinced that…

Chapter 5

Inside Bolivia's Most Dangerous Prison: Palmasola

BOLIVIA / 16 OCT 2014

Antonio* laughed as he pointed to the sign above the entrance to Bolivia's most notorious prison. "Rehabilitation centre? This is where you come if you want to find out what…

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