New Measures to Combat Extortion in El Salvador

The Government will be seeking support from the private sector in order to create an antiextorsion model in order to initiate an attack against those who commit this crime.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

"We will have a meeting with them in order to examine the possibility of forming an antiextorsion board. We are looking not only for economic contributions, but collaboration for us to pave the way and create more confidence with entrepreneurs who experience extortion so that they will denounce it" said David Munguia, Minister of Justice and Security.

"The government is confident it will receive the help of employers, one of the sectors hardest hit by this crime. In one year (2012) two thousand 937 people alleged extortion; eight allegations every day, " noted an article in

"Parallel to the possible creation of the model, the government will invest $33.3 million in six municipalities classified as free of violence in Ilopango, Apopa, Santa Tecla, Quezaltepeque, Puerto de La Libertad and Sonsonate."

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In El Salvador, the state budget allocated to security is $500 million a year, while the total amount invested by private enterprises for self-protection is $600 million.

"The combined budgets (National Civil Police, the Attorney General's Office and the Armed Forces of El Salvador) total about $500 million and the private sector invests over $600 million annually on security issues," said Jorge Daboub, president of the National Association of Private Enterprise (ANEP).

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In El Salvador, where the cost of insecurity is equivalent to 12% of GDP, extortion is the main obstacle to economic development.

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January 2010

President Mauricio Funes is analyzing the possibility of hiring international advisors to fight crime.

The official indicated he will continue working with his Security Cabinet, handling different proposals and ideas.

“During the X National Encounter of the Private Enterprise (ENADE), Funes invited businesses to coordinate efforts with the government to fight organized crime, insecurity and violence, as they hamper productivity”, reported

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