Apr 25, 2013

More Minors Are Crossing the Border Due to Violence at Home

April 25, 2013

Source: Univision

Oscar, a baby-faced 18-year-old, spends his time tinkering with an old computer at his new home in South Florida. He learned everything about computers from his dad, an electrician who opened an internet cafe in their home garage in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, to supplement the family's low income. After school, Oscar worked at the shop hoping to one day apply what he learned towards a career in computer engineering.

But everything changed in 2008 when the violent MS-13 gang began demanding a tax payment on their business, which started at 100 Lempiras ($5) and doubled every time they didn't pay.

Then Oscar's life took an unexpected turn when gang members kidnapped his older brother in 2009 to extract payment. His father quickly sold the business to pay the ransom but gang members were not satisfied with the amount they received and in 2010 they killed Oscar's dad. Eleven months later they killed his brother. They were coming after him next.

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