All About Extortion

COLOMBIA / 27 FEB 2014

Police believe a bomb that killed five people in Choco, Colombia was either planted by the FARC guerrillas or the Urabeños, demonstrating the willingness of Colombia's armed groups to employ…

COLOMBIA / 20 FEB 2014

A recording made by a journalist in Colombia of a phone call with prison based extortionists shows how these criminals sometimes use trickery rather than physical threats to convince victims to…

EXTORTION / 19 FEB 2014

Measures taken by Honduran authorities to combat crime are being credited for a declining trend in the homicide rate and a 75 percent reduction in extortion, though it remains to…

EXTORTION / 18 FEB 2014

New government studies have revealed extortion of Honduras' transport sector earns criminal groups more than $27 million each year, highlighting the extent of a crime that pervades Central America.

DRUG POLICY / 7 FEB 2014

Honduras' new government has lauded increased arrests and drug seizures under the new president's hardline security policy, although reports that the country's prisons generate $180 million in illegal annual earnings…

EXTORTION / 5 FEB 2014

Mexico mining companies extorted by criminal groups are reportedly paying Michoacan self-defense forces for protection, a development that places the groups on a disturbingly similar path to that taken by the…

ECUADOR / 5 FEB 2014

Prosecutors in Ecuador are investigating a wave of extortions believed to have been carried out by the same criminal group, raising the question of what effect the growing presence of…

BARRIO 18 / 3 FEB 2014

A group of Guatemala bus extortionists recently sentenced to prison were apparently paying a quota to street gangs, suggesting the Guatemalan Maras have adopted a territorial model associated with Mexico's…

EXTORTION / 17 JAN 2014

Extortion by criminal groups is now an accepted cost of doing business for small businesses and construction companies in Peru, according to experts. The practice is facilitated by corrupt police…

EXTORTION / 19 NOV 2013

Criminal groups operating in the city of Trujillo, in northwestern Peru, make over $4 million a year extorting public transport companies, illustrating the highly lucrative nature of this criminal activity.

EXTORTION / 18 NOV 2013

Authorities are investigating complaints by family members of prisoners in Chihuahua, Mexico that they have been forced to pay extortion fees in order to get visitation rights, highlighting the rampant…

EXTORTION / 31 OCT 2013

A top police official has highlighted the growing problem of extortion in Peru, amid reports that $10 billion is laundered in the country each year, in a sign local criminals…

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