The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

Forced Criminal Activities along Mexico's Eastern Migration Routes and Central America Department of Public Affairs and Security Studies

The Role of Transnational Criminal Organizations in Human Trafficking

Our research focused on identifying the role of transnational criminal organizations (TCOs) and transnational gangs in the different forms of human trafficking with a focus on forced labor for criminal activities


The Project

The project Trafficking in Persons in Central America and along Mexico's Eastern Migration Routes: The Role of Transnational Criminal Organizations lasted 18 months. The research team followed the migration route to the United States starting in the countries of the Central America Northern Triangle and passing through Mexico to identify the role of transnational criminal organizations (TCOs) in human trafficking and to identify the involvement of Mexican TCOs and transnational gangs in forced labor for criminal activities.

*This project was financially supported by the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons of the U.S. Department of State.

Disclaimer: The content of this website represent the findings of the research team. The findings of this project presented here do not reflect the views of the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons or the U.S. Department of State.