"The violence generated by gangs in El Salvador has become a serious threat to national and regional security. Nowadays, the gang problem has become almost uncontrollable for the security authorities of the country, which adversely affects the civil society and economic development. Gang criminal activity includes drug trafficking, racketeering, trafficking in persons, violence, terrorism and extortion. They use various techniques to raise money and recruit new young members. Due to the increase in violence in recent years, it has been necessary to employ force by both the National Civil Police and the Armed Forces. However, the policies employed have mostly been oriented to repression and very little to reinsertion. The strategies designed by the government have failed due to the lack of support from other public and private institutions."
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