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A commercial truck overturned in Savien, after a local gang set fire to three other trucks and tried to turn this one around in Haiti’s Artibonite region on Sunday, February 18, 2024. Photo courtesy of Peterson Francilot

PORT-AU-PRINCE — The Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime has revealed in an investigative report that gangs in Haiti today have made the country's national highways one of their three main sources of income, extorting between $6,000 to $8,000 daily from commuter and commercial drivers using the roads.

“The checkpoints represent the second key avenue for [toll] extraction,” said investigators with the Geneva, Switzerland-based monitoring group. “The checkpoints and associated racketeering have evolved into a highly structured and bureaucratized activity.”

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I am Juhakenson Blaise, a journalist based in the city of Port-au-Prince, Haiti. I cover the news that develops in this city and deals with other subjects related to the experience of Haitians for the Haitian Times newspaper. I am also a lover of poetry.