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Copycat Extortionists: Guatemala’s Criminal Chancers

Widespread fear of street gangs in the Northern Triangle countries is being exploited by copycat groups who pose as gang members to extort victims. These criminal...
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Extortion Explainer 1: Evolution of Extortion in the Northern Triangle

The Northern Triangle countries of Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras are now home to some of the most sophisticated extortion schemes in Latin America. But these...
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Extortion Explainer 2: From a “Cora” to the Rent

Extortion has been a part of the Mara Salvatrucha (MS13) and 18th Street Gang's (Barrio 18) criminal culture since the very beginning. What began as a type of...
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Extortion Explainer 3: The Modus Operandi

Extortion is a simple and generally unsophisticated criminal activity that is extremely lucrative. It has a very low barrier to entry, and is based largely on the...
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Extortion Explainer 5: Responses to Extortion Fall Short

Extortion is a particularly pernicious crime because of how limited victims are to resist it. Initial state responses have proven counterproductive, and more recent...
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Extortion Explainer 4: Undermining Institutions

The impact of extortion in the Northern Triangle is colossal. Beyond the economic damage amounting to hundreds of millions of dollars a year, the crime affects vast...
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Street Gangs

The notorious Mara Salvatrucha (MS13) and 18th Street Gang (Barrio 18) are the main protagonists of extortion rackets in the Northern Triangle. The development of...
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Copycats

Through the use of violence, the Mara Salvatrucha (MS13) and 18th Street Gang (Barrio 18) have become the most feared criminal brands in the Northern Triangle. Much...