Essay on Mara Salvatrucha: A Deadly Organized Crime Gang

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Street gangs have been a part of the American culture for centuries. As a young child growing up in the 80’s on the North Side of Fort Worth, Texas I saw my fair share of gang activity and the violence associated with it. Little was I aware of a notorious and deadly gang that was transforming known as Mara Salvatrucha, also referred to as MS-13. What began as a street gang, MS-13 now has activity in much of the United States and according to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement is, “one of the most violent and rapidly growing transnational street gangs.” The people of America need to realize the great danger MS-13 possess.
With some street gangs being relatively harmless, there are others such as Mara Salvatrucha that are becoming
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With crimes ranging from robbery to murder, MS-13 gang members obviously have no fear of consequence. According to The Washington Post, “They are the strongest thing going on in terms of organized gangs. MS-13’s motto is kill, rape and control.”
Now, this organized gang is not only in Los Angeles, but can be found all over the United States. As stated in the Star Telegram, in June of 2011, “67 gang members arrested in North Texas,” some of those arrested were members of the Mara Salvatrucha. Unfortunately, these thugs are practically in our own back yard. According to, “ Known Clicks in Texas are: Dallas- Directa Loco Salvatruchas (DLS), Dallas- Carrolton Farmers Branch Locos Salvatrucha (CFBLS) Dallas- Chilangeras Loco Salvatrucha, Dallas NDLS, and Houston- Greenspoint Clique.” There are several cliques and members all over the US, and these are just a few of the MS-13 affiliations known in Texas that have been exposed. Personally, I believe that there are several other MS-13 cliques still undiscovered and/or have not been exposed yet. Also mentioned in the article posted on, “In a recent Texas incident, a MS13 gang member admitted that he had led the gang rape of a 24 year-old woman and then kicked her in the neck with such force that it killed her…the member further acknowledged robbing and beating a small child in Houston…” The Mara Salvatrucha is not like the old time mobsters in New York, such as the

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