In a joint investigation with La Prensa Gráfica, InSight Crime recently revealed that four of the MS13’s foremost leaders had been quietly released from prison in El Salvador, all while facing extradition requests from the United States.
Amid growing accusations of human rights abuses and the arrests of 6,000 gang members, InSight Crime’s coverage had significant reverberations throughout El Salvador and Central America. Over a dozen national media outlets used InSight Crime’s investigation to discuss the changing relations between President Nayib Bukele’s administration and the gangs.
This continued InSight Crime’s investigations on the MS13 this year, after our four-part series, MS13 & Co., charting the gang’s takeover of licit and illicit business sectors in El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala and Mexico. Further stories on the MS13’s control of sex trafficking between Central America and the United States will be published soon.