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Extortion in Central America

Insightcrime.org - Extortion in Central America comes in many forms and targets different victims. The actors behind it also vary, as does the way in which these illicit earnings exchange hands. In the Northern Triangle nations of Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras, mass systematic schemes...

Loan Sharking Grows in Costa Rica by Piggybacking on Drug Trafficking

(Insightcrime.org) Costa Rica’s economic crisis and its strategic position along drug trafficking routes have created the perfect storm for a new type of extortion to take root: loan sharking. Referred to as “gota a gota” (drop by drop) in much of Latin America, loan sharking...

Mother and Son linked to businessman’s kidnapping back in Costa Rica

A mother and her son arresed in Spain linked to the kidnapping of American businessman Sean William Creighton, 43, are back in the country, extradited from Spain and in the custody of Costa Rican authorities. Identified by the surnames Vega Aguirre (mother) and Morales Vega...

Crime Will Not Pay In Costa Rica If Law Approved

Legislators of the Comisión de Seguridad y Narcotráfico (Security and Drug Trafficking Commission) approved a text that would allow the State to confiscate assets acquired through crime. According to Gustavo Viales, chairman of the commission, the text has the endorsement of the Instituto Costarricense sobre...

The Shoe Is On Other Foot, Now Oscar Arias Files Complaint

Former president of Costa Rica Oscar Arias (1986-1990 and 2006-2010) and Nobel Laureate on Monday, March 25, filed a complaint for extortion against a woman demanding payment to not file a complaint of sexual violation. According to Arias' lawyer, Erick Ramos, the woman demanded from...

Spreading “Intimate Images” without consent could land you up to 2 years in jail

A bill presented on Monday in the Legislative Assembly seeks to sanction up to two years in prison the distribution of "intimate images" without consent or authorization of those who appear in them, either for revenge or for mere morbidity. The bill, presented by Franggi...

Pimp Sentenced to 12 Years In Prison For Prostituting Men And Extort Them

This report is a with a slightly different twist that the 'normal' trafficking in persons and prostitution stories from Costa Rica. The Fiscalía Adjunta contra la Trata de Personas y el Tráfico Ilícito de Migrantes (Deputy Prosecutor's Office against Trafficking in Persons and the Illicit...

Barrio 18 Extortion Scheme Casts Doubt on El Salvador Govt Security Narrative

(Q24N) Insightcrime.org - The Barrio 18 gang in El Salvador allegedly engaged in large-scale extortion of a community water management project, underscoring flaws in the government's claims that security is improving across the country. Members of the Barrio 18 gang allegedly extorted US$5,000 dollars per...

Closing of Private School in Honduras Linked to Extortion

(Q24N) Insightcrime.org - The temporary closing of a private school in Honduras may have been due to the imposition of what administrators are calling a "war tax," an illustration of how extortion negatively affects the daily life of so many in this Central American...

Men In Costa Rica Being Targeted In Facebook Blackmail Sex Scam,, Says OIJ

Q COSTA RICA - Meeting new people online can be costly. At least 80 men in Costa Rica, mostly professionals and married, were victims in 2016 of an international extortion ring asking them for money in exchange for not divulging their compromising video. So said...

The Bus Route That Institutionalized Extortion in El Salvador

Q24N - In El Salvador, extortion demanded by gangs has become so normalized that there is a bus company that deducts the cost of extortion directly from drivers' payroll in order to make an annual payment to the Barrio 18. The drivers understand it:...

They Charged Up To ¢20.000 Not To Assault

QCOSTARICA - Three men were arrested Monday night in Tajercillos, Alajuelita, on the south side of San Jose, for alleged extortion, right out the 'wiseguys' of the American mafia playbook. The three men, residents of Alajuelita, apparently charged their neighbours not to assault them. The men...

Minors Conspires With Other Youths To Fake Her Own Kidnapping

QCOSTARICA - Asking mom for money took a different twist this past week, when a 15 year-old decided, with two other youths, to fake her kidnapping to extort ¢2.5 million colones (US$4.700 dollars) from her mother. On suspicion of extortion, the Organismo de Investigación Judicial...

Costa Rica Authories Warn Of Extortion Scams Against Men On Facebook

QCOSTARICA - Married men who engage in a simple and innocent conversation on the social media like Facebook could enter a world of hurt and become a victim of a new form of extortion, warns Costa Rica's judicial police, the Organismo de Investigacion Judicial...

Gangs Extort Local Businesses To Finance War Between Rivals

(QCOSTARICA) A late night telephone call, demanding ¢3 million colones in payment or be killed, is one of several retailers in Barrio Cuba, on the south side of San Jose, filing a complaint with the Organismo de Investigación Judicial (OIJ). The callers, calling themselves the...

How Central America Can Better Fight Human Trafficking

The number of successful convictions for human trafficking in Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador is miniscule. These countries have made advances in the war against this crime, but judging from the available evidence, at the moment the criminals are winning. She was 12 years old...

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