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MS-13 History and Origins

The Mara Salvatrucha gang originated in Los Angeles, in the 1980s by Salvadoran immigrants in the neighborhood between Pico and Wilshire also know as the city's Pico-Union neighborhood. They immigrated to the United States Due to a 12-year civil war in El Salvador, which resulted in over 100,000 deaths and over a million refugees( The Salvadorian refugees and immigrants predominantly settled in southern California and Washington, D.C. Some of the refugees and immigrants had ties with La Mara, a violent street gang from El Salvador. Others had been members the Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front (FMNL) during the El Salvadorian civil war(Rimmer, 2009). FMNL was made up of
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Members of MS-13 display no allegiance to any country, which is evident by their extreme criminal activity. Members traffic drugs, weapons, and personnel across national boundaries. They receive instructions and orders from gang members in other countries. They often carry out hits on rival gangs and business competitors to maintain their goal. MS-13 may not have Ideologies but they do have some very serious goals. One goal is to become the top gang in the United States, and many believe they have reached this status. The Gang does not have an agenda and is not pursuing any Ideological goal yet, they are a criminal enterprise whose main goal at this moment is to become larger and more in control so they can make more money. One detective was quoted to say "MS-13's mission generally is to be the biggest, strongest, dominant gang in the Latino community that they're in." (quantumleap, 2008). MS-13 Identification MS-13 gang tattoo's are gothic which means they are very dark spirited. You will see MS-13 gang members with 666 tattooed on them. MS-13 Tattoos include their gang name in many forms, “13”, devil horns, “SUR”, “Sureno” and others. Most members will have numerous tattoos’ all around there body. Members will

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