All About Extortion

BRAZIL / 20 DEC 2012

Authorities in Rio de Janeiro dismantled an extortion ring comprised of serving and former police officers, pointing to the level of criminality within the city's police force.

BARRIO 18 / 12 NOV 2012

The president of Guatemala's association of transport workers complained last week that some criminal groups are demanding that bus companies pay an extra extortion tax before mid-December, in addition to…

CRIMINAL MIGRATION / 29 OCT 2012

Colombian neo-paramilitary groups, the Urabeños and the Rastrojos, are running sophisticated extortion rackets in a Venezuelan border state, now controlling territory not only…

EXTORTION / 18 OCT 2012

A report from Prensa Libre highlights the key role that women play in extortion gangs in Guatemala, carrying out recruitment and gathering intelligence on victims, with the advantage…

EXTORTION / 8 OCT 2012

Suspected Shining Path rebels destroyed three helicopters that were carrying out work on a gas pipeline running through Peru's lawless VRAE region, highlighting the group's continued control of the area…

EXTORTION / 27 SEP 2012

Three bus drivers were shot to death in a single day in Guatemala, illustrating the threat that the country's transport workers are under from criminal groups who demand 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…

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