Thursday, January 20, 2011

Organised crime in Central America

The rot spreads

Drug-trafficking gangs find a promising new home in some of the poorest and most vulnerable countries in the Americas

Jan 20th 2011 | SAN SALVADOR

BATTLEFIELDS aside, the countries known as “the northern triangle” of the Central American isthmus form what is now the most violent region on earth. El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, along with Jamaica and Venezuela, suffer the world’s highest murder rates (see map). The first two are bloodier now than they were during their civil wars in the 1980s.

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