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Colombian Criminals Turn to Extortion

Believing that Colombia’s violence had ebbed, Giovanni Colmenares and his family moved from the United States back to Colombia last year, opened a bar in Bogota and were looking to buy an apartment. But then one day assailants hustled him into a car and put a gun to his head. They were angry at him for ignoring their phone calls and letters demanding $17,000 — letters like the one in his mailbox that said: “We know your address and your movements. Meet our demands or face the consequences. …Your children are getting prettier every day. Don’t put them in danger.” Full Story

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