oa Acta Criminologica: Southern African Journal of Criminology - States in the labyrinth: insecurity, crime and cartels in Colombia and Peru

Volume 9, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1012-8093



In Latin America democracy has not halted the rise in crime. Indeed, there has been a significant increase in organised crime in a number of countries. This is the result of the growth of narcotics-related activities. In countries like Colombia and Peru this development has taken place against a background of a conflict between the State and guerrilla movements, exacerbating insecurity and complicating the tasks facing the authorities.

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