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Grooming gangs to be put under spotlight in new Home Office strategy to combat record levels of child abuse


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El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala stage mass raids on gangs


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Mexico sees rise in gangs, vigilantes recruiting children

Mexico sees rise in gangs, vigilantes recruiting childrenOne day after a vigilante group revealed that it was using children as young as 8 as “recruits” for armed defense patrols, Mexico’s president said Thursday that drug cartels too are recruiting ever-younger kids. The whole issue has sparked a debate in Mexico over the use of children in armed confrontations, with rights groups saying the practice threatens not only kids’ safety, but their mental health. President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said that because social programs are giving more youths opportunities to study or work, drug cartels are having trouble finding gunmen, leading them to recruit children.



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Graft, gangs, bad conditions fuel Honduras prison killings

Graft, gangs, bad conditions fuel Honduras prison killingsA top security official in Honduras said Monday the Mara Salvatrucha gang ordered prison riots that killed 37 inmates since Friday. Assistant Security Minister Luis Suazo said the gang known as MS-13 staged the bloody riots to force the government to back down from emergency measures decreed last week. “We have information that the MS is behind this and gave the orders to carry out these attacks,” said Suazo.



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Smash and grab: Crime gangs prey on Hong Kong protests

Smash and grab: Crime gangs prey on Hong Kong protestsThe Hong Kong seller of luxury watches looked on in horror as masked men wielding the biggest sledgehammer he’d ever seen smashed through the door of a neighboring watch store, held a machete to the owner’s throat, scooped up hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of timepieces, and then scattered into the city’s maze of streets. This time, the watch merchants of Kowloon fought back.



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Mexico's drug gangs churning out deadly fentanyl-laced pills: DEA

Mexico's drug gangs churning out deadly fentanyl-laced pills: DEAMexico’s cartels have for years diversified into a wide variety of illicit activity, helped by porous domestic law enforcement agencies as well as long-standing trafficking routes into the United States, their biggest market. Meanwhile, opioid deaths in the United States have soared over the last two decades, driving a wave of government-backed efforts to disrupt illegal distribution and treat addicts. The DEA said that 27% of a sample of counterfeit pills tested in the United States during the first three months of this year contained potentially lethal doses of fentanyl.



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Driven from Central America by gangs and finding refuge in Kentucky: One woman's story

Driven from Central America by gangs and finding refuge in Kentucky: One woman's storyHowever, the whole group did not stay under Monteith’s roof for long. Unbeknownst to them, Mirna and her family were among the last wave of asylum seekers to reach the U.S.-Mexico border before this policy went into effect.



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Hells Angels, street gangs vow to defend mosques as New Zealand braces for Friday prayers

Hells Angels, street gangs vow to defend mosques as New Zealand braces for Friday prayersStreet gangs and motorcycle clubs cross New Zealand offered to protect mosques during Friday prayers, but a Muslim leader suggests they join prayers.



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How Frats, Teams And Gangs Divide, Conquer And Now Judge America

How Frats, Teams And Gangs Divide, Conquer And Now Judge AmericaThis article originally appeared at TomDispatch.com. To receive TomDispatch in



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Why Outlaw Biker Gangs Ride Harley-Davidsons

Why Outlaw Biker Gangs Ride Harley-DavidsonsWhy Outlaw Biker Gangs Ride Harley-Davidsons How America’s best selling motorcycle marque became notoriously tied to a criminal underworld. Photos by Bill Ray/Time-Life Outlaw biker gangs like the Hell's Angels have been identified with Harley-Davidson



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