Posted by: Paula Delgado-Kling | June 27, 2013

Ombudsman: increased recruitment of children and teens into neo-paramilitary gangs in Bogotá’s peripheries.

The office of the Ombudsman issued an alert for the recruitment of children and teens into criminal drug gangs and delinquent groups in Bogotá’s peripheries. The groups fight to control these areas which are natural corridors from Bogotá’s sabana to the Sumapaz region, as well as to Colombia’s center and western region. These neighborhoods are also entry points into Bogotá.

In Cuidad Bolívar and Bosa, the neo-paramilitary/ Bacrim groups, Águilas Negras and Rastrojos, lead children and adolescents to become spies, messengers, extortionists, assassins, drug mules, drug dealers, and to transport arms.

The recruits are lured with drinks, food, small presents, electronic equipment, and cash.

Girls are particularly vulnerable to forced prostitution, pornography and sex tourism.

The office of the Ombudsman also warned of increased of recruitment in Soacha. The neo-paramilitary/ Bacrim groups, Águilas Negras-Capital Bloc and Rastrojos-Urban Commands, operate in Soacha.

The office of the Ombudsman first warned of the dangers in Soacha in November 2001.


FARC continue recruiting children while talking peace.

FARC-government negotiations must include immediately returning child soldiers to families.

4 of every 10 in FARC, ELN or Paramilitary are minors.

NGO report: Colombian government is not doing enough for child soldiers.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s


%d bloggers like this: