All About Extortion

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.

BARRIO 18 / 15 MAR 2012

The Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) will help train a task force in El Salvador dedicated to investigating extortion-related crimes, with nearly 3,000 extortion cases reported in 2011.

EXTORTION / 8 MAR 2012

Honduras' security forces have begun an operation to increase security for bus and taxi drivers who are targeted for extortion by urban gangs -- a problem that affects countries across…

EXTORTION / 7 MAR 2012

Two Lima gangs have reignited their struggle for control of the city's extortion rackets, according to Peruvian media, prompting fears of a rise in violence in the country's capital.

EXTORTION / 2 MAR 2012

The Honduran Congress passed legislation doubling the prison sentence for extortion, among other measures, raising questions about the government's anti-gang tactics and the strain being put on the country's penitentiaries.

EXTORTION / 23 FEB 2012

Guatemalan authorities are investigating reports that "citizen security committees" have committed abuses against civilians in a suburb of Guatemala City.

EXTORTION / 1 DEC 2011

As Mexico's security situation has deteriorated, small-time criminals have attempted to take advantage of the chaos by claiming to be members of the most feared gangs and carrying out "virtual…

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…