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HUMAN TRAFFICKING / 3 AUG 2016

Tamaulipas has some of the highest missing persons rates in Mexico due to major migrant routes that traverse the border state and an ongoing territorial battle between the Zetas and…

HUMAN SMUGGLING / 29 JUL 2016

A transnational operation against human trafficking rescued more than 2,700 people and dismantled multiple smuggling rings in Latin America and elsewhere, shedding light on the complex nature of this largely…

HUMAN SMUGGLING / 1 JUL 2016

Organized crime continues to profit from human trafficking, forced labor, and sexual trafficking of vulnerable populations throughout Latin America, according to the US State Department's most recent report examining the…

GENDER AND CRIME / 10 JUN 2016

A joint operation involving authorities in Paraguay, Spain and France has broken up a multi-country sex trafficking network, illustrating some of the lesser-known international dynamics of this illicit business.

GENDER AND CRIME / 9 JUN 2016

A new report provides details on the different levels of sophistication with which criminal groups run sex trafficking rings in Guatemala, shedding light on the business side of a highly…

HUMAN RIGHTS / 3 JUN 2016

A new report sheds light on how vulnerable populations subjected to slave-like conditions line the pocketbooks of organized crime networks across Latin America.

COLOMBIA / 10 MAY 2016

Panama has announced that it will temporarily close its border with Colombia in an attempt to halt irregular migration, a decision that could impact the dynamics of human smuggling in…

HOMICIDES / 29 FEB 2016

In this article, author Vanessa Moreno Losada explores a spate of deaths at the hands of Venezuelan security forces, questioning the legitimacy of the killings and if they represent a new…

GENDER AND CRIME / 11 FEB 2016

Latin America is the region with the most female murders on earth, a phenomenon partly due to organized crime activities such as human trafficking and gang violence. Just how do…

COSTA RICA / 11 FEB 2016

A major organ trafficking case heading to trial in Costa Rica could reveal new details about the Central American country's role in the international illicit organ trade.

ARGENTINA / 8 FEB 2016

Argentine prosecutors are pursuing money laundering investigations into alleged human trafficking organizations suspected of hiding millions of dollars in illicit profits. …

GUATEMALA / 25 JAN 2016

Three of four defendants accused of luring Guatemalan teens to work at an Ohio farm in slave conditions have pled guilty in a case highlighting how human traffickers can take…

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