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gangs violence
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Throughout life, gangs have been extremely a harmful problem in any given community. Gangs can be classified as organized groups of criminal individuals usually claiming control over territories by the use of violence and illegal behavior. Some of the forms of violent and illegal behavior performed by those groups include, the possession of illegal firearms, firearms transactions and violence, drug sales and use, home invasions, car theft, homicides and other crime problems that come along with them. (Muraskin) There are many factors for which individuals join gangs, one of the factor is the feeling of loneliness. When people migrate to a foreign country must of the time they have no one, so they stick with people they know for protection. As a result, these groups start originating. Nevertheless, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), approximately 33,000 street gangs, motorcycle gangs, and prison gangs with an estimate of 1.4 million comrades are effective at this time in the United States. One of the violent gangs in the U.S is Mara Salvatrucha, also known as MS-13. Mara Salvatrucha originated in Los Angeles, California in the 1980s by young and young adults that escaped the civil war that was going on in their country El Salvador. However, Guatemalans, Hondurans, Mexican, and others from Central and South America are part of this gang. MS-13 was mainly organized for protection against other gangs. This organized group is known to be extremely dangerous because of their international connections. They have possession of advanced weapons, making firearms trafficking one of their many criminal operations. MS-13 members are committed in a variety of criminal activities, such as homicide, drug sale, robbery, rape, prostitution, auto theft and vandalism. (Adams, Pizzaro) As other gangs, MS-13 possess symbols that make it more efficient for law the enforcement and people to identifying them. The gang members are notorious for the use of several tattoos, which some cover the entire back, and other are smaller. It’s believe that the size of the tattoos has to do a lot with “the degree of gang involvement with older or more active members wearing the larger more prominent tattoos”. (Gang library) Some of the things they wear is blue or black bandana around their neck, forehead or wrist. They usually wear tops that represent a sport team, indicating their gang colors; blue and black. In order to label territory, MS-13 use graffiti. Graffiti are for the sole purpose of marking their presence, and intimidate people. Moreover, they use hand signs to communicate among themselves. The gang is perpetuating to extend in the United States. It been approximated that over 10,000 gang members in the U.S and 60,000-80,000 worldwide. Ms-13 is coordinated into cliques which run in approximated 42 states. This groups of individuals interact each other and follow orders from their authority whose territories are in Central and North America. Cliques have variation in their membership sizes, some are formed of 10 to 500 individual, and 20-25 in the states of Washington D.C, Virginia and Maryland. (Gang library) Joining the gang is not an easy task, earning a position in the gang means that individual have to get jump or beaten first. Once a person is part of the gang, is arduous to abandon without serious consequences. Certainly, MS-13 has become a growing concern for law enforcement, and gang prevention agencies. However, in 2004 the FBI established the MS-13 National Gang Task Force in order to prevent this increase. The task incorporated the experience, resources among local and state law enforcement agencies, and the abetment in the tracking of information between these agencies in contemplation of destroying MS-13. The program established the Central American Fingerprint Exploitation, also known as CAFÉ for the purpose of obtaining criminal fingerprints from Central America and to materialize...