According to UN statistics, Honduras is considered to be the most violent Country in the world. (CE) (Agenzia Fides 18/06/2013)
Maras activities range from arms trafficking, assault, auto theft, burglaries, drug trafficking,extortion, human trafficking, identity fraud, identity theft, illegal gambling, illegal immigration,kidnapping, money laundering, people smuggling, prostitution, racketeering, robbery andvandalism. Almost all maras display tattoos on their bodies as a sign of their affiliation to their gang. "La vida por las maras" or "the life for the gang" is a very commonly used phrase by these gangs. Although contrary to common belief, there is no evidence that the gang has ever had the killing of an innocent person as an element or form of initiation.