Mara Salvatrucha

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Mara Salvatrucha, also known as MS-13, is a Salvadorian street gang that is now an internationally-spread gang. It has a large presence in Central America and several states of the United States, including California, Texas, and New York.[1] It is the fastest-growing gang in the world, along with its rival, the 18th Street gang. Members are easily recognizable by their elaborate Gothic-style tattoos.

MS-13 originated during the Salvadorian civil war of the 1980s.

Despite their extreme brutality, MS-13 gang members strongly fear La Sombra Negra, a paramilitary organization that exists to wipe out gangs like MS-13 and uses extreme torture methods on the gang members.[2]

In the U.S., MS-13 has spread to 22 states, and it has grown by recruiting illegal immigrants.[3]


  1. O'Reilly, Andrew (October 24, 2017). MS-13 spreading across US as AG Sessions vows to take down gang. Fox News. Retrieved October 24, 2017.
  2. O'Reilly, Andrew (August 2, 2017). MS-13 doesn't fear Trump, rival gangs or the police - but they are terrified of La Sombra Negra. Fox News. Retrieved August 2, 2017.
  3. Multiple references:

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