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Forced Gang Recruitment in Central America

By Seth Daire

Forced gang recruitment is a big problem in the Northern Triangle (Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras), with migrants fleeing out of the region to other countries, including the US. Many are unaccompanied minors due to the fact that gangs are often targeting youth. Guest Amber Moffett joins host Seth Daire to discuss the problem and how human trafficking occurs within gangs and how it's creating hundreds and thousands of migrants, which are then vulnerable to trafficking en route to wherever they are fleeing to. Sources: No Place to Hide - International Human Rights Clinic, Harvard Law School, https://www.wola.org/sites/default/files/downloadable/Citizen%20Security/past/Harvard_Gangs_NoPlaceToHide.pdf A Refugee Crisis: Why Children, Men and Women are Fleeing the Northern Triangle of Central America - Latin America Working Group, http://lawg.org/action-center/lawg-blog/81-being-better-neighbors-towards-latin-america/1625-a-refugee-crisis-why-children-men-and-women-are-fleeing-the-northern-triangle-of-central-america Code Red - Daniel Alarcon, https://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/23/magazine/code-red.html Are Juvenile Gang Members Victims of Labor Trafficking? - Christina M. Rizen, http://lawecommons.luc.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1087&context=clrj New Humanitarian Frontiers - IDMC, http://www.internal-displacement.org/library/publications/2015/new-humanitarian-frontiers-addressing-criminal-violence-in-mexico-and-central-america/ Mafia of the Poor - International Crisis Group, https://www.crisisgroup.org/latin-america-caribbean/central-america/62-mafia-poor-gang-violence-and-extortion-central-america Easy Prey - International Crisis Group, https://www.crisisgroup.org/latin-america-caribbean/central-america/easy-prey-criminal-violence-and-central-american-migration No Country for Lost Kids - P.J. Tobia, http://www.pbs.org/newshour/updates/country-lost-kids/ Unaccompanied Children - Verite, https://www.verite.org/unaccompanied-children-violence-and-conditions-in-central-american-agriculture-linked-to-border-crisis/ They Said We Would Pay With Our Lives - Annie Hylton and Sarah Salvadore, http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politic/gender_and_migration/2016/08/as_central_american_gangs_target_younger_kids_more_minors_are_fleeing_to.html Photo: Jose Cabezas at Reuters

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