Category Archives: South America

870 arrests for online child sexual abuse on the Darknet

This press release describes the results of a worldwide FBI & Europol investigation into online child sexual abuse on the Darknet’s Playpen site. Three site administrators were recently convicted in the U.S. and sentenced to 20-30 years in prison. A … Continue reading

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“Heist of the century” in Paraguay

This article and this article provide details of a sophisticated, heavily armed robbery of a security/transportation company in Paraguay near its border with Brazil. The site reportedly held $40 million in cash and the 50 robbers made off with $8 million, using … Continue reading

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Rio police face lethal danger

This article reports that 51 police officers have been killed so far this year in Brazil’s state of Rio de Janeiro. The rate threatens to surpass the 147 officers killed in 2016. Last year’s rate in Rio was about 9 … Continue reading

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Best and worst in Latin America

This column from Insight Crime rates police in Latin American countries on public trust and perception of involvement in crime based on data collected in 2012. Police in Chile and Panama rate best, Honduras worst. Nicaragua’s situation is unusual, with … Continue reading

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POP in Latin America

This article argues for more problem-oriented policing (POP) focused on hot spots and chronic offenders to tackle elevated levels of violent crime in Central and South America. It provides numerous examples of how violence is concentrated in a small number of very … Continue reading

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Crisis in Caracas

This article profiles conditions in Caracas, Venezuela, once known as the Paris of South America, but now called the world’s most dangerous city. With over 3,000 murders last year, the police and military are reportedly overwhelmed. Ordinary families can barely afford … Continue reading

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Fighting internet-facilitated child abuse

This press release announces an award given to the assistant director of Interpol’s Vulnerable Communities Unit for lifetime achievement in support of online safety. In this video the recipient, Mick Moran, describes efforts made over 20 years to reduce the … Continue reading

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