All About Extortion

COLOMBIA / 26 SEP 2012

In many parts of Latin America, bus drivers are under threat from local gangs who demand regular extortion payments. Refusal to pay brings swift retribution, as seen with the murder…

EXTORTION / 7 SEP 2012

More than 90 percent of businesses in the Honduran capital Tegucigalpa have experienced security threats, mostly in the form of extortion, highlighting the stranglehold criminal gangs have on the country’s…

EL SALVADOR / 3 SEP 2012

El Salvador’s elite anti-terrorism unit will join police in patrolling the bus routes most vulnerable to extortion by criminal gangs, but the security plan is expensive, and the transporation system…

COLOMBIA / 31 AUG 2012

Colombian police said they had captured the head of extortion for the FARC’s Eastern Bloc, highlighting the guerrilla group's renewed focus on extortion, which the government claims is due to…

EXTORTION / 31 AUG 2012

Guatemala City's replacement of its old buses with a more secure system where drivers do not handle cash could help cut down on extortion of bus companies and reduce violence…

EXTORTION / 8 AUG 2012

According to the organized crime investigative unit of Guatemala’s Attorney General Office, bus transport employees are known to sell personal information about rival company staff to prison gangs, in order…

EXTORTION / 8 AUG 2012

Three bus company employees in Guatemala City were killed by alleged gang members running extortion rackets, highlighting the dangers gangs pose to transport workers throughout the region.

EXTORTION / 19 JUL 2012

Extortion has reportedly forced 30 percent of small businesses in the Honduran capital of Tegucigalpa to close, demonstrating the economic cost of insecurity in the country.

EXTORTION / 19 JUL 2012

Guatemala police have arrested seven people for extorting an estimated $500,000 from bus drivers in the capital city, highlighting an alarming trend in the Central American country.

EXTORTION / 19 JUL 2012

Mexico City security officials are reportedly investigating an Internet fraud ring that used fake job offers to elicit resumes from potential employees, then used the information to extort the applicants.

EXTORTION / 15 MAY 2012

The murder of six taxi drivers in Guatemala in six days calls attention to the targeting of transit workers by organized crime throughout the region.

EL SALVADOR / 28 MAR 2012

Guatemala prison inmates have been accused of making threatening phone calls to large hotel chains in neighboring El Salvador, pointing to the growing popularity of long-distance extortion schemes.

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