The Associated Press reports today that 11 murders of mostly young people in the town of Islip, New York have been blamed on a Central American gang known as MS-13. In the 1980s MS-13 started as a street gang in Los Angeles, CA where it still has a strong presence. In the 1990s gang members were deported to El Salvador and grew in size and influence spilling over into Honduras. MS-13 gangs there now control entire towns. In addition to raping girls and young women, they slaughter students, bus drivers and merchants who refuse to pay extortion.
US federal prosecutors believe there are thousands of members across the US, most of them from Central America. The AP report states since late 2013, the US has placed 165,000 unaccompanied minors. Suffolk County, which includes Islip, has received 4,500. Neighboring Nassau County has received 3,800. In Islip, parents are afraid to let their children go to school. According to the report, teens say any perceived slight to a gang member, especially a refusal to join the gang, can mean death.
AP report found here.