Economic Inequity in Latin America

Secuestro: A Story of a Kidnapping

In South America, the business of kidnapping is growing at an astronomical rate. In Columbia one person is abducted every seven hours and 1 in 10 kidnappings are actually reported in South America. The large divide between the rich and the poor is helping fuel the growing business because there are more desperate people and more vulnerable targets. The economic inequity is putting more money in the kidnapper’s pocket because the victim’s families have so much to pay. A documentary made in Columbia, depicts the accounts of the filmmaker’s sister being kidnapped in 1985. It explains how the economic inequity is causing families hardship in the growing epidemic of kidnapping in Latin America.

Holden, Stephen. “Secuestro: A Story of a Kidnapping.” The New York Times.

(accessed June 2008)

Brazil, South Africa Blame Rich World for Economic Woes

A meeting was held with leaders from Brazil, South Africa and India to discuss the economic situation facing the international community. Presidents from Brazil and South Africa spoke out to rich countries blaming them for the economic crisis that now jeopardizes the advancement of developing countries. These three nations met to ask the world why an elite group of governments’ decisions can have such a heavy effect on global economies. They presented evidence proving that stocks in Asia, Russia and Latin America have dropped more than they have in the United Stats and Western Europe. This article shows a different perspective of the effects of the failing economy in the United States.

Sharma, Ashok. “Brazil, SAfrica blame rich world for economic woes.” Associated Press. (accessed October 25, 2008)

Student Talks on Argentina

The increasing problem of corruption in police forces is now being linked to the growing problem of economic inequity in South America. During a previous conference, discussions were underway to bring awareness to the police brutality to this region. Since the lower class is frequently neglected there is little oversight to violence police inflict on the city’s underprivileged. The meetings went into great detail about the escalating issue of police cruelty against the lowerclassmen. Research presented by students that traveled to Argentina were shocking because they showed the problem in depth and how difficult a solution will be since the police and the government are losing ties in Latin America.

Fofana, Paul-Armand. Student Talks on Argentina. The Harvard Crimson. (accessed October 22, 2008).

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