Criminal Extortion in Guatemala

"Receiving a call from an unknown bully asking for a large sum of money in return for not carrying out his threats is one of the biggest fears of Guatemalan citizens."

Friday, March 6, 2015

From an article by Corinne Dedik in issue 169 of the magazine Mundo Comercial of the Chamber of Commerce of Guatemala:

Extortion: Guatemalans Greatest Concern

Nearly 50,000 complaints of extortion to the Public Ministry (MP) have been recorded in the last ten years, 8,413 of them in the last year alone. Receiving a call from an unknown bully demanding large sums of money in return for not carrying out his threats is one of the biggest fears of Guatemalan citizens.

The first thing that complicates understanding of the phenomenon of extortion is lack of knowledge about the true incidence of this crime, because the only data available is those from complaints. However, not all victims are encouraged to report the crime. In other words, the real crime figures are not known because there are no recent surveys on victimization which could guide us in this regard, the allegations may give an idea of ​​the evolution of crime, but they have limitations.

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