All About Extortion

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…

EXTORTION / 12 SEP 2011

With the departure of Honduran Security Minister Oscar Alvarez, an outspoken foe of police corruption, the country is facing an uphill battle as it grapples with attempts to reform its…

EXTORTION / 12 SEP 2011

The mass killing at a Monterrey casino, thought to be linked to a protection racket, draws attention to the growth in Mexico's extortion rates, which have more than doubled during…

EXTORTION / 7 SEP 2011

As the Mexican city of Monterrey struggles to recover from the effects of an arson attack on a casino which killed 52 people, corrupt local governance is again…

EXTORTION / 6 SEP 2011

A diplomatic cable released by whistleblower website WikiLeaks offer further evidence of the climate of corruption that exists around the Monterrey gambling industry, following a deadly arson attack that hit…

COLOMBIA / 6 SEP 2011

The recent arrest of the FARC's alleged "extortion mastermind" shows that the guerrillas are intent on expanding a revenue stream which will make Colombia's government very nervous: the…

EXTORTION / 2 SEP 2011

Though notorious for their brutality, Mexico’s organized criminal groups are rational actors who respond to market dynamics. If they are not forced into a showdown or loss of face, their…

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