Private security in Guatemala

There are an estimated 100,000 private security guards employed in Guatemala to protect businesses and families from violence caused by drug traffickers, organized crime, and gangs, according to the Washington Post.  In 2008, over 6,300 people were murdered in the country.


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  1. Source: Ann-Marie O’Connor, “Guards in Guatemala: Protection and Threat,” Washington Post, April 24, 2009.

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