Wearing The Wrong Sneaker In Central America Can Cost You Your Life

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In Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras something so simple as sneakers and haircuts can cost you your life.

The three nations are struggling with a very bad gang outbreak. 18-year-old Mauricio Cornejo talked about not being able to wear certain apparel because of the Marva Salvatrucha (MS-13) and Barrio 18 gang. Footwear that is made by Nike (Cortez Model), Puma, and Adidas (Superstar model) are known as shoes heavily affiliated with gangs.

"You can't wear a baseball cap with the peak worn low, or behind, or on the side. Shirts can't be too big or too close to the body. And if someone walks like a gang banger, the police can arrest them for interrogation," 22-year old resident of Honduras says.

Statistics show that there have been over 15,000 murders in the three countries within the last year. Children can not even enjoy everyday life because the gang violence is out of control.