Title

Gangsters and Preachers - The Culture of Sexism Inside the MS13

Author Information

InSight Crime

Date of Publication

2022 12:00 AM

Security Theme

Transnational Organized Crime

Keywords

Organized crime, sexism, MS13, gangs, violence, El Salvador

Description

The MS13 gang and the Pentecostal Church appear to be polar opposites. But some similarities unite them. Both demand rigid discipline and utter devotion. And, within their power structure, they both contain elements that perpetuate inequality, abuse and discrimination. In this investigation, InSight Crime focuses on the stories of Elvis and Flaca, two former gang members who left the MS13 for the church. Their experiences with violence, abortion and homosexuality reflect both what divides and unites these two ways of life.

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Gangsters and Preachers - The Culture of Sexism Inside the MS13

The MS13 gang and the Pentecostal Church appear to be polar opposites. But some similarities unite them. Both demand rigid discipline and utter devotion. And, within their power structure, they both contain elements that perpetuate inequality, abuse and discrimination. In this investigation, InSight Crime focuses on the stories of Elvis and Flaca, two former gang members who left the MS13 for the church. Their experiences with violence, abortion and homosexuality reflect both what divides and unites these two ways of life.