All About Extortion

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…

EXTORTION / 21 OCT 2013

Seven out of ten extortion cases in Honduras are carried out by common criminals pretending to be from gangs, according to the authorities, showing how the sense of…

EXTORTION / 24 SEP 2013

Some of Mexico's largest corporations have issued complaints to the president about the constant threat of extortion of public infrastructure projects, illustrating how this profitable illicit activity now permeates the…

COLOMBIA / 23 SEP 2013

Micro-extortion of everyone from teachers to bicycle taxi drivers is funding small criminal groups across Colombia, according to analysts and crime reports, with the small-scale nature of the crime…

EXTORTION / 5 SEP 2013

Attempts by the Knights Templar to extort a company building a federal prison in Mexico's Michoacan state have resulted in workers abandoning the site over threats, highlighting the extent of…

EL SALVADOR / 3 SEP 2013

El Salvador gangs are using a poorly regulated money transfer system provided by one of the region's major cellular phone networks to facilitate extortion, illustrating the continued bilking of the…

ECUADOR / 3 SEP 2013

Authorities in Ecuador are investigating whether two partially dismantled networks of loan sharks -- one with Colombian members -- are also involved in hired assassination, a structure that would bear…

EL SALVADOR / 27 AUG 2013

A scheme that placed undercover police officers and soldiers on board El Salvador buses to combat extortion and robbery has been scrapped due to lack of funds, despite the…

EXTORTION / 20 AUG 2013

Criminal organizations now control the right to mine in at least five Mexico states, according to those working in the sector, in another example of illegal groups expanding into resource…

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