The striking, close-up portraits of male gang members (of the notorious Mara Salvatrucha gangs of Los Angeles and Central America) and the tattoos that tell the tales of their lives by Spanish photographer Isabel Muñoz. Muñoz took the photographs by spending time in the prisons in El Salvador that are now home to many of the gang members.

The striking, close-up portraits of male gang members (of the notorious Mara Salvatrucha gangs of Los Angeles and Central America) and the tattoos that tell the tales of their lives by Spanish photographer Isabel Muñoz. Muñoz took the photographs by spending time in the prisons in El Salvador that are now home to many of the gang members.

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Inmates of the Penal de Ciudad Barrios, reserved for members of the MS-13 gang in El Salvador.

Inmates of the Penal de Ciudad Barrios, reserved for members of the MS-13 gang in El Salvador.

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A member of the MS-13 gang does time inside the Ciudad Barrios prison in El Salvador. Newscom

A member of the MS-13 gang does time inside the Ciudad Barrios prison in El Salvador. Newscom

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Members of the MS-13 transnational criminal gang are bringing severe tactics like machete-hacking murders, rape and scalping to Texas.

Members of the MS-13 transnational criminal gang are bringing severe tactics like machete-hacking murders, rape and scalping to Texas.

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Tattoos - A Mara Salvatrucha (commonly abbreviated as MS, Mara, and MS-13) gang member. A transnational criminal gang that originated in Los Angeles and has spread worldwide. S)

Tattoos - A Mara Salvatrucha (commonly abbreviated as MS, Mara, and MS-13) gang member. A transnational criminal gang that originated in Los Angeles and has spread worldwide. S)

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Chelatenango, El Salvador. May 2007. A members of the Mara Salvatrucha gang displays his tattoos inside the Chelatenango prison in El Salvador. Moises Saman Panos Pictures

Chelatenango, El Salvador. May 2007. A members of the Mara Salvatrucha gang displays his tattoos inside the Chelatenango prison in El Salvador. Moises Saman Panos Pictures

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Gangs Hammered in Nationwide Sweep: MS-13, Bloods, Sureños in Crosshairs - http://www.richardcyoung.com/essential-news/gangs-hammered-nationwide-sweep-ms-13-bloods-surenos-crosshairs/ - Over 1,000 alleged gang-members were arrested in a five-week, nationwide sweep announced on Monday. Among the top targets of law enforcement was the brutal MS-13 gang, known for its unhinged violence. Hundreds of those arrested were not American. Of the presidential candidates, is anyone asid

Gangs Hammered in Nationwide Sweep: MS-13, Bloods, Sureños in Crosshairs - http://www.richardcyoung.com/essential-news/gangs-hammered-nationwide-sweep-ms-13-bloods-surenos-crosshairs/ - Over 1,000 alleged gang-members were arrested in a five-week, nationwide sweep announced on Monday. Among the top targets of law enforcement was the brutal MS-13 gang, known for its unhinged violence. Hundreds of those arrested were not American. Of the presidential candidates, is anyone asid

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Border agent laments Mexican gang members entering U.S.: 'Why are we letting him in here?' - Washington Times

Border agent laments Mexican gang members entering U.S.: 'Why are we letting him in here?' - Washington Times

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