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How Violence Against Women Fuels More Crime

How Violence Against Women Fuels More Crime

Q24N (Insightcrime.org) Across Latin America, the incredibly high levels of violence against women have long been denounced by non-governmental organizations and the media. Ignoring this phenomenon would be dangerous, as this form of violence can help lay the groundwork for criminal behavior, perhaps especially in the next generation of youths. Women from across Latin America […]

OIJ Gets Serious In Combating ‘Specialized Criminals’ Plaguing The Country

OIJ Gets Serious In Combating ‘Specialized Criminals’ Plaguing The Country

Q COSTA RICA – The Organismo Investigación Judicial (OIJ), Costa Rica’s judicial police, announced the creation of a major crimes unit to combat the ‘elites’ of organized crime. The unit, Seccióon Especializada Contra Crimen Organizado (SECCR), that is made up of 20 agents, began operations on March 1. Walter Espinoza, director of the OIJ, said […]

Fact Checking Venezuelan Passports-to-Terrorists Allegations

Fact Checking Venezuelan Passports-to-Terrorists Allegations

Venezuela may have given passports to people with ties to terrorism – CNN.com TODAY VENEZUELA – Over the past two weeks, a familiar narrative has been resuscitated: the threat of “Islamic terrorism” emanating from Latin America, through the revival of one of its most important sub-narratives: the threat posed by Venezuelan authorities illegitimately granting passports […]

Demobilization of FARC In Colombia Could Threaten Costa Rica Security: Minister

Demobilization of FARC In Colombia Could Threaten Costa Rica Security: Minister

Q COSTA RICA (Insightcrime.org) Authorities in Costa Rica are worried that the dismantling of Colombia’s main guerrilla group could threaten the country’s stability, as a new generation of criminal networks are likely to take over the drug routes formerly held by the insurgents. Speaking before the congressional Security and Drug Trafficking Commission, Security Minister Gustavo […]

Trump’s Plan to Tackle Latin America’s “Bad Hombres” Bluster, No Substance

Trump’s Plan to Tackle Latin America’s “Bad Hombres” Bluster, No Substance

Q24N (Insighcrime.org) Donald Trump has targeted organized crime and drug cartels in a new executive order, but beyond the tough talk and bluster there is little to suggest the new US president has any serious strategy to tackle Latin America’s “bad hombres.” On February 9, Trump signed three law and order executive orders, one aimed […]

What a Trump Presidency Means for Latin America Organized Crime

What a Trump Presidency Means for Latin America Organized Crime

(Q24N) Insightcrime.org- In the wake of Donald Trump’s surprising victory in the US presidential election, InSight Crime considers the impact his administration could have on security and organized crime in Latin America. Trump will hold the top office alongside a Republican-dominated Congress, as the party maintained a majority in both the Senate and House of […]

China Donates To Costa Rica Airplanes To Fight Crime and For Use in Humanitarian Aid

China Donates To Costa Rica Airplanes To Fight Crime and For Use in Humanitarian Aid

(QCOSTARICA) Through a donation by the government of China, Costa Rica now has two new airplanes for the transport of police for the fight against organized crime and drug trafficking, as well as ambulance and humanitarian aid. The two planes, with the tail numbers MSP009 and MSP010, are now part of the Air Surveillance Service […]

Narco Model Sentenced To Four Years in Prison

Narco Model Sentenced To Four Years in Prison

(QCOSTARICA) Costa Rican model Adriana Kathia Corella will be spending the next four years and six months in prison, sentenced by a Nicaraguan court for money laundering and organized crime. The sentence was read Wednesday afternoon by judge of the Seventh Criminal Court District Trial of Managua, Octavio Rothschuh. Corrella was one of the members […]

Organized Crime Profits from Modern Slavery in Latin America

Organized Crime Profits from Modern Slavery in Latin America

Q24N – A new report sheds light on how vulnerable populations subjected to slave-like conditions line the pocketbooks of organized crime networks across Latin America. The 2016 Global Slavery Index (pdf) published by Walk Free Foundation estimates that 2.2 million of the world’s 45.8 million enslaved people live in the Americas. The highest number of regional victims […]

Panama Papers Reveal Offshore Account of Guatemala Drug ‘Queen’

Panama Papers Reveal Offshore Account of Guatemala Drug ‘Queen’

(Q24N) The Panama Papers data leak exposed an offshore account belonging to a Guatemalan drug trafficker and money launderer, providing intricate details into the shady dealings of Guatemala’s prolific narco “queen.” A report by Univision highlights the involvement of Marllory Chacón Rossell, often referred to as the “Queen of the South,” in an offshore company established […]

Costa Rica Weak Against Money Laundering and Terrorism, Report

Costa Rica Weak Against Money Laundering and Terrorism, Report

QCOSTARICA – A real estate broker, construction company, casino, or a lawyer in Costa Rica may be among targets by extremist financial groups, making the country weak, allowing networks to launder money from organized crime. That is the opinion of the Financial Action Task Force of Latin America (GAFILAT), a regionally based inter governmental organization […]

Costa Rica Violence at All-Time High

Costa Rica Violence  at All-Time High

  QCOSTARICA (Insightcrime.org) Homicides reached historic levels during the past year in Costa Rica, forcing authorities to look for new ways to counteract the surge in violence. Statistics from Costa Rica’s Judicial Investigation Department (OIJ) show that 2015 was the country’s most violent year on record, reported La Nación. The discovery of two charred bodies […]

El Indio Replacement In Hiding Following Assassination Attempt

El Indio Replacement In Hiding Following Assassination Attempt

QCOSTARICA – Pamela Crespi, 29, one of three persons accused of being part of El Indio’s gang of drug traffickers and car thieves centered in the southern metropolitan area, but who was declared innocent during the trial, was shot three times Sunday morning. She was shot outside the San Sebastian jail, on the south side […]