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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 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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Independent Criminal Groups

The variety of extortionists in Central America speaks to the ease with which opportunists can set up their own schemes. Independent structures...
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Corrupt State Actors

Although gangs dominate the extortion markets in Central America, corrupt state agents collude with them and also run some of their own extortion...
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Panama’s Sex Workers Easy Prey for Extortionist Cops

In Panama, women in the sex trade are exposed to monetary and sexual extortion by corrupt police officers. But a new prosecution system has gone some way to...
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New Panama Law Small Stride Towards Shrugging Dirty Money Stigma

Panama is seeking to clean up its image as a financial crimes haven by passing new regulations but the process has been tarnished by its failure to address certain...
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Task Force Points Out Gaps in Panama Money Laundering Laws

A new report demonstrates that although Panamanian authorities have made progress in combating money laundering, the country’s laws continue to make it an...
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European Cocaine Seizures Hint at New Possibilities for Colombia Traffickers

Major cocaine seizures in Spain, Portugal and Ecuador illustrate the European cocaine pipeline that has become a central part of the operations of Colombian drug...
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GameChangers 2017: Anti-Corruption Successes Fuel Elite Backlash

Corruption scandals have continued to break at dizzying pace across Latin America throughout 2017, spanning politics, business, the security forces, the judiciary...