Between 2008 and 2010, authorities in Guatemala seized $5.8 Billion in assets from drug trafficking organizations within the country, an amount equivalent to the country’s annual budget.
In El Salvador, the homicide rate increased by 37 percent in 2009 as there were 71 murders for every 100,000 residents. Other Central America countries had high homicide rates as well, with Honduras having 67 per 100,000, and Guatemala having 52 murders per 100,000 residents. By comparison, Mexico has 14 murders per 100,000 and the United States has 5.4 per 100,000 residents.
Security officials estimate that between 275 to 385 tons of cocaine moves through Guatemala from South America on its way to North America each year.
From 2007 to April of 2010, a United Nations commission operating in Guatemala fired almost 2,000 police officers and arrested 130 government officials for corruption.
According to UNICEF, between 1,000 to 1,500 Guatemalan babies are trafficked each year for adoptions by couples in North America and Europe.
$10 Billion worth of cocaine is trafficked through Guatemala from Colombia every year. 10 percent of the funds from the drug trafficking is used to bribe local officials.
An estimated 17 people are murdered in Guatemala every day as crime and drug trafficking increases in the country. According to the United Nations, up to 98 percent of all crimes committed in the country go unpunished.
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.
The economic value of the adoption industry in Guatemala, according to a report by the Associated Press.
Cost a human smuggling network in Guatemala was charging migrants to bring them to the United States in 2008.