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7 Things Donald Trump Gets Wrong about MS13

7 Things Donald Trump Gets Wrong about MS13

Q24N (Insightcrime.org) US President Donald Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions launched a rhetorical campaign this week against the MS13, one of the most violent gangs in Central America. But the verbal offensive by the president and the attorney general, as well as their statements on the origins and evolution of the gang, are for […]

Research Sheds Light on Obstacles to Leaving El Salvador Gangs

Research Sheds Light on Obstacles to Leaving El Salvador Gangs

Q24N (Insightcrime.org) A recent study of El Salvador’s gang phenomenon has shown that, while it is possible for gang members to abandon these groups, desistance depends on several factors, including the gangs’ own acquiescence. A study carried out by Florida International University, shows that desistance from gangs in El Salvador is possible and takes place […]

El Salvador’s ‘Black Widows’ and the Growing Sophistication of the MS13

El Salvador’s ‘Black Widows’ and the Growing Sophistication of the MS13

Q24N (Insightcrime.org) Authorities in El Salvador dismantled a MS13 network allegedly dedicated to forcing women into marriages before assassinating the husband to collect insurance money, a scheme that speaks to the gang’s growing business sophistication. Three women, who are allegedly members of a MS13 structure dubbed “Black Widows,” were arrested on February 24 and given pre-trial […]

Alleged MS13 Members in El Salvador Caught Selling Illicit Horse Meat

Alleged MS13 Members in El Salvador Caught Selling Illicit Horse Meat

Q24N NEWS (Insightcrime.org)  Authorities in El Salvador have arrested 39 alleged members of the MS13 for planning to sell 5,600 pounds of contraband horse meat, a potential sign of the gang’s increasing sophistication as it seeks to diversify its criminal revenue streams. Police conducted the raid on the morning of November 15 in the municipality […]

Are Mara Salvatrucha Gangs Expanding in Costa Rica?

Are Mara Salvatrucha Gangs Expanding in Costa Rica?

(Q24N) The head of the Honduran armed forces has claimed that powerful gangs are expanding their presence in Costa Rica, but the extent of this criminal migration might be overstated. In a recent interview with Costa Rican news Diario Extra, Francisco Álvarez Urbina said that the Honduran military’s anti-crime efforts have driven some members of […]