Gangs, Vendors and Political Capital in Downtown San Salvador

In San Salvador’s bustling Historic Center, nothing gets done without going through the gangs. The notorious Mara Salvatrucha (MS13) and Barrio 18 street gangs have steadily tightened their grip on almost all aspects of life in a city center housing the heart of El Salvador’s informal urban markets – a gold mine for extortion, contraband, … Continue reading Gangs, Vendors and Political Capital in Downtown San Salvador