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Known as “the Switzerland of Latin America,” Uruguay has traditionally had some of the lowest crime rates and strongest state institutions in the region.

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The Increasingly Busy Cuba-Uruguay Human Smuggling Route

NEWS / 20 SEP 2021

Uruguay has dismantled a group dedicated to bringing Cuban migrants illegally to the country, highlighting a lesser-known human smuggling route.

Killings Pile Up in Uruguay Due to Brazil Gang War

NEWS / 24 AUG 2021

Localized gang warfare in Brazil's state of Rio Grande do Sul has sparked a security crisis along its border with Uruguay.

Quarter of Pesticides in Brazil Illegally Smuggled from China

NEWS / 11 AUG 2021

A number of recent raids have highlighted how illegal pesticide smuggling in Brazil is fueled by Chinese contraband.

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BRAZIL / 14 APR 2021

Messer, the notoriously prolific money launderer, was able to move millions of dollars through Brazil’s emerald mining industry, adding yet another scheme to his laundry list of illicit financial dealings.

HUMAN TRAFFICKING / 16 MAR 2021

A collaborative effort by authorities in Uruguay and Spain to dismantle an international sex trafficking network reveals that the South American country remains a source of women trafficked to Europe.

BRAZIL / 20 FEB 2021

Drug traffickers engage in a creative game of hide and seek with coast guards and other security forces that board their ships at sea.

ARGENTINA / 29 JAN 2021

While unrest gripped much of Latin America in 2019, it was the coronavirus that took center stage and ripped through the region in 2020, upending everything from commercial trade to…

BRAZIL / 5 JAN 2021

A surge in cattle and horse rustling is plaguing ranchers along the Uruguay-Brazil border, but a new specialized unit dedicated to tackling the crime may be showing signs of success.

BRAZIL / 30 JUN 2020

An index looking at the ability of Latin American countries to combat corruption has highlighted that signs of progress are still few and far between, and the region as a…

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