All About Extortion

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…

EXTORTION / 23 NOV 2011

By 2040 Mexico can expect to see a decimated drug export industry but a flourishing domestic drug market, while the rise in electronic money and decline in cash will hit…

EXTORTION / 18 NOV 2011

While larger businesses can escape unscathed, small businesses in Mexico often have no other option in the extortion economy but to pay up, or get involved in criminal activities themselves.

COLOMBIA / 15 NOV 2011

Ex-police in two of the most troubled Colombian provinces have allegedly moved up the criminal ladder, shifting from tacitly supporting criminal groups to becoming players in the underworld in…

BRAZIL / 8 NOV 2011

Authorities in Brazil’s Rio de Janeiro state have issued arrest warrants for nine people in connection with an extortion ring that demanded bribes from those visiting inmates.

BRAZIL / 26 OCT 2011

Brazil's elite military police are trying to build ties with communities and undo the harm done by officers who allegedly abused residents in Complexo da Mare, a favela which has…

EXTORTION / 14 SEP 2011

Proceso magazine reports that its latest edition, which features a cover article on the “sinister history” of a casino magnate and his ties to officials, has been bought in bulk…

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