Cruel, merciless and passionately violent, the Mara Salvatrucha is one of the world’s most vicious gang and it is spreading internationally.
Also called MS-13, the gang is known for its barbaric fighting, contract killing, drug trafficking, gang rape, people smuggling and desire to be known as number one for most murders.
The gang’s members are recognizable by the extensive and symbolic tattoos covering their faces and torsos, although newer members are eschewing the markings because they make them more easily identifiable to police.
Gang members use hand signals such as the symbol for a devil’s horn to greet each other, and initiation to become a full gang member involves being kicked and beaten.
The gang exists in 42 states, throughout the Central American countries of Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Puerto Rico, Spain, Canada and, some claim, Australia.
Reputed to have 100,000 gang members worldwide, the Mara Salvatrucha recruits members as young as eight years old and punishes disloyalty with murder or maiming, such as cutting off a person’s hands...(Full Article)