MS-13, the El Salvadorian gang whose motto is “Kill, Rape, Control,” has an estimated 10,000 to 20,000 members operating throughout the United States, according to a study done by the University of Pennsylvania which revealed that the gang is believed to have a presence in 46 states.
Also known as Mara Salvatrucha, the group began nearly 20 years ago in Los Angeles, when El Salvadorean immigrants fled a bloody civil war and came to this country by the millions.
According to Massachusetts attorney Carmen Ortiz, MS-13 is the “first and only criminal organization in the United States to be named as ‘transnational’ by the FBI. They can be found operating in the United States, Mexico, and Canada as well as in El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua.”
Research now reveals that the violent gang targets young children (as young as 8 years) in urban areas populated by Central American immigrants and teaches them to become killers.
According to University of Pennsylvania researcher Albert De Amicis, “Those who become part of the gang must first be ‘jumped in,’ which includes a savage beating for 13 seconds by all members of the gang. If the hopeful inductee survives, then they will be welcomed with ‘open arms.'”
New inductees earn respect from gang members by killing their enemies, who are most often rival gang members.
The recent murders of two teenaged girls in Houston illustrated gang members’ lack of remorse, when Miguel Alvarez-Flores, 22, and Diego Hernandez-Rivera, 18, laughed, smiled, and waved to news cameras in court last week while facing charges of aggravated kidnapping and murder.
The girls they killed were beaten with bats and hacked by machetes until their bodies were unrecognizable.
Many girls who join the gang are sexually tortured as part of their induction and often end up as prostitutes to benefit the gang, revealed one female criminal informant for the FBI, Brenda Paz, who has since been murdered by the gang.
“She provided first-hand insight to authorities in the early 2000’s that allowed a better understanding of their complex operations,” according to the report. “After being exposed as a ‘rat,’ she was stabbed to death on the alleged orders of her ex-lover Dennis Rivera, who was an imprisoned former gang leader. She was 17 years old and four months pregnant. He was later acquitted for the crime.”
Illegal immigration has contributed to the problem. “Thirteen alleged members, ten of whom are illegal immigrants, were arrested in connection to seven slayings in Long Island over the last year,” according to the report.
It is reported that MS-13 was contracted by Mexican drug lord “El Chapo” to assist in his drug war and the distribution of drugs. Research also showed that “MS-13 and other Central American gangs have attempted to expand their own drug routes through collaborations with Mexican gangs like Los Zetas and the Sinaloa Federation drug cartel.”
H/T: Daily Mail
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