Within San Pedro Sula, statistically one of the most violent cities in the world, Chamelecón is one of the most dangerous areas. Here the police and army patrol the area. Gangs control Chamelecón and force people to leave their homes if they can't pay the protection racket levy. Large areas of the neighbourhood have been abandoned, and the gangs then either use the houses themselves, sometimes transferring ownership to them, or sell everything in it, including the roofing material. The alarming insecurity in the country is a major contributing factor to migration to the US.
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