Violent crime and extortion are the biggest fears of Central America’s public. The majority of crime is created by delinquency and violent gangs in Central America’s big cities but governments are placing an emphasis on stamping out drug trafficking with help from United States agents.

THE NORTHERN triangle of Central America - Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador - was the world’s most murderous region in 2011. And under national and international pressure to act, these governments and their communities have taken different paths.


Guatemalans elected former army general, Perez Molina, as president, in January 2012 on his promise t...

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Dr. Ralph Espach
But once in office, President Molina, 61, declared the current anti-drug strategy a failure and called for a regional discussion about alternative approaches, including an attempt to regulate the drug market and make some drugs legal
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