According to industry officials, there are around 300,000 private security guards working in the Central America region. The number of private guards in the region are higher than the number of police officers in the region.
Up to 277 people leave the country of Honduras every day, according to estimates. Authorities state that ongoing violence by drug traffickers and other organized crime activities are contributing to the displacement. Between 18 to 222 young adults are killed everyday in Honduras.
Federal authorities in the United States estimates that street gang Mara Salvatrucha, also known as MS-13, has at least 30,000 members in its organization. The members are spread out across the Americas region, with members known to be in El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Mexico.
A report released in 2012 by the National Social Prevention, Rehabilitation and Reinsertion Program in Honduras stated that there were 4,728 active gang members in the country. The number only refers to active, full-time gang members and not sympathizers or entry-level recruits.
90 percent of cocaine trafficked into the United States that was produced in Colombia and Venezuela is trafficked through Central America. More than a third of that cocaine is moved through the country of Honduras.
Law enforcement officials in the United States estimate that between 25 to 30 tons of cocaine was entering Honduras by air and sea in 2011. The amount of cocaine trafficked into Honduras was up to one-third of the world’s cocaine supply.
Law enforcement officials in Honduras seized 22.6 metric tons of cocaine in 2011. 143.5 tons of cocaine is estimated to travel through the country on its way to the United States each year.
Tax evasion in Honduras causes the country to lose up to $526 Million in tax revenue each year, according to government officials. The Director of the Executive Directorate for Revenue in Honduras estimates that 1.9 percent of the economically active population pays taxes to the government.
On a per capita basis, Honduras has the highest rate of murders in the world, with 82 murders per 100,000 people. Around 20 people are murdered in the country everyday. Officials believe that the drug smuggling of cocaine from South America and through Honduras on its way to the United States is the cause of the high number of murders.
There are an estimated 850,000 firearms in circulation in Honduras. 258,000 firearms are officially registered with the government, according to a report by the Committee for the Defense of Human Rights.