HomeNewsBriefArgentina Youth Homicides Points to Rising Organized Crime
BRIEF

Argentina Youth Homicides Points to Rising Organized Crime

ARGENTINA / 15 OCT 2013 BY CHARLES PARKINSON EN

Violent deaths among youth in Argentina are at a ten-year high in a pattern that may point to the rise in organized crime in the country. 

In 2011, the most recent full year statistics are available, 794 people aged 15 to 29 were murdered, reported La Nacion; the total figure of 4,935 violent deaths in that age range is the highest since 2003.

The number of intentional homicides could be much higher. As reported by La Nacion, another 1,074 youth deaths were recorded as "deaths from outside aggression, of unknown intent," but not as intentional homicides.

According to La Nacion, a third of the total 2011 deaths in this category were the result of gunfire. Strangely, gun suicides and accidental deaths are tallied separately.

InSight Crime Analysis

Youth violence has been high on the public agenda in Argentina recently, following the murders of 16-year-old Angeles Rawson and 19-year-old Araceli Ramos. While those deaths appear to be the result of individual attacks, an examination of the statistics paints a picture which could point to rising organized criminal activity in the country, a phenomenon which has been noted throughout the year. 

SEE ALSO: Coverage of Argentina

In northern Argentina, a turf war between drug gangs has caused a spike in homicides recently. The area had already seen rising homicide rates in recent years.

It is most often young people -- particularly males -- who act as the foot soldiers and bear the brunt of gang violence, with a report earlier this year highlighting the role of teen assassins in western Argentina. As the statistics show, the number of males who died at the hands of "aggression" is eight times higher than that of females, while the number of "undetermined" young male deaths is almost seven times higher. 

The breakdown of official statistics also raises the critical question of whether the extent of youth homicides is being obscured. With gun suicides and accidental deaths separately categorized, many of the violent deaths involving a firearm that La Nacion reports are currently listed as "unknown intent" could be homicides.  

share icon icon icon

Was this content helpful?

We want to sustain Latin America’s largest organized crime database, but in order to do so, we need resources.

DONATE

What are your thoughts? Click here to send InSight Crime your comments.

We encourage readers to copy and distribute our work for non-commercial purposes, with attribution to InSight Crime in the byline and links to the original at both the top and bottom of the article. Check the Creative Commons website for more details of how to share our work, and please send us an email if you use an article.

Was this content helpful?

We want to sustain Latin America’s largest organized crime database, but in order to do so, we need resources.

DONATE

Related Content

ARGENTINA / 12 AUG 2022

Uruguayan authorities have dismantled a smuggling ring moving weapons into the country from Argentina.

BARRIO 18 / 28 MAR 2022

A killing spree unlike anything seen since El Salvador’s civil war has delivered a macabre message from the country’s street…

BRAZIL / 24 NOV 2020

Political assassinations have marred successive Brazilian elections but the pace of these killings has more than doubled in 2020, with…

About InSight Crime

LA ORGANIZACIÓN

Extensive Coverage of our Chronicles of a Cartel Bodyguard

23 SEP 2022

Our recent investigation, A Cartel Bodyguard in Mexico’s 'Hot Land', has received extensive media coverage.

THE ORGANIZATION

InSight Crime, American University Host Illegal Fishing Panel

19 SEP 2022

InSight Crime and the Center for Latin American & Latino Studies (CLALS) at American University discussed the findings of a joint investigation on IUU fishing at a September 9 conference.

THE ORGANIZATION

Impact on the Media Landscape

9 SEP 2022

InSight Crime’s first investigation on the Dominican Republic made an immediate impact on the Dominican media landscape, with major news outlets republishing and reprinting our findings, including in …

THE ORGANIZATION

InSight Crime Sharpens Its Skills

2 SEP 2022

Last week, the InSight Crime team gathered for our annual retreat in Colombia, where we discussed our vision and strategy for the next 12 months.  During the week, we also learned how to…

THE ORGANIZATION

Colombia’s Fragile Path to Peace Begins to Take Shape

26 AUG 2022

InSight Crime is charting the progress of President Gustavo Petro’s agenda as he looks to revolutionize Colombia’s security policy, opening dialogue with guerrillas, reforming the military and police, and…