Panama: Companies Report Extortions

The guild of merchants in Chiriqui has denounced the growing amounts of extortion by organized crime organizations, mainly affecting small businesses in the province.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

The Chamber of Commerce of Chiriqui stated that "... among the criminal activities of most concern to informal businesses are links to illicit financing with cash flows in clandestine opportunities, drug dealing, illegal circulation of money and making links with gangs. " reports that "...The provincial business association denounced the existence of a type of anti-social blackmail of small traders forced to pay a fee in exchange for protection and not having their activities affected. Complaints have been filed by those affected, employers stated to the Security Minister Rodolfo Aguilera. "

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A study by the union of micro and small businesses reveals that 70% of them are victims of extortion, of which 65% do not file any complaints for fear of retaliation.

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