Stock Photo - An alleged gang member is seen handcuffed by the special anti-gang unit (Unidad Antipandillas) during a night raid in Soyapango, a gang neighborhood in San Salvador, El Salvador, 13 December 2013. Although the murder rate in the country has dropped significantly, after a truce between two major street gangs (Mara Salvatrucha and Barrio 18) was agreed in 2012, the lack of security and violence are still the main issues in people´s daily life. Due to the fact the gangs have never stopped their criminal activities (extortions, distribution of drugs and kidnappings), the Police anti-gang forces keep running their operations and chasing the ‘homeboys’ (how the gang´s foot soldiers usually call themselves) in the poor, socially deprived suburbs of Salvadoran cities.

Stock Photo: An alleged gang member is seen handcuffed by the special anti-gang unit (Unidad Antipandillas) during a night raid in Soyapango.

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