A shocking video of a young boy being executed by a cartel in Venezuela highlights the violence gripping the nation.
These violent gangs operating out of both Venezuela and Mexico kidnap their rivals, torture them, execute them and record their actions as a warning.
The young man in the video tried to steal from a farm so gang leader Tirso Meleán ordered his henchmen to punish him, and publish the video on the internet as a message to anyone who tries to steal his property.
He says: “Esto es dedicado para todo aquel que intente robar las haciendas de Tirso Meleán, el que manda a nivel nacional y reconocido mundialmente.”
Which means: “This is dedicated to everyone who tries to steal Tirson Melán’s farms, the one leading the nation and recognized internationally.”
One of the most violent prison systems in the world, with almost 6,500 murders committed in custody between 1999 and 2014, the jails ballooned in population, more than trebling in that time.