Drug cartel Los Zetas was charging migrants between $7,000 to $10,000 per person to be smuggled from Central American countries through Mexico and into the United States. The drug trafficking cartel diversified into human smuggling and had recruiters in Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador to transport people along supply routes towards the U.S. border.
In El Salvador, the homicide rate increased by 37 percent in 2009 as there were 71 murders for every 100,000 residents. Other Central America countries had high homicide rates as well, with Honduras having 67 per 100,000, and Guatemala having 52 murders per 100,000 residents. By comparison, Mexico has 14 murders per 100,000 and the United States has 5.4 per 100,000 residents.
In 2009, officials report that around 1,600 people were killed by drug trafficking violence in Honduras. The killings were attributed to Mexican drug traffickers.
The Honduras Government losses an estimated $7 Million a year in federal tax revenue due to illegal logging activities within the country. Local municipalities alone lose an estimated $1.6 Million in local tax revenue each year from criminal logging