The Coffin Business Is Booming in Central America Due to Gang Violence

By Matthew Bremner in Bloomberg Businessweek –


In El Salvador, Jucuapa is home to dozens of small factories that churn out what some locals call the “wooden pajamas.”

Juan Carlos Pacheco and his brother Carlos Stanley begin, as always, by asking the dead man for permission. In the living room of a modest house in eastern El Salvador, Juan Carlos pulls a surgical mask over his face and mouths the plea soundlessly from behind its pleats. Please let me prepare you, so your family can see you one more time before you go.

The room is murky and hot. The concrete walls are bare.

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Ken Feltman is past-president of the International Association of Political Consultants and the American League of Lobbyists. He is retired chairman of Radnor Inc., an international political consulting and government relations firm in Washington, D.C. Know as a coalition builder, he has participated in election campaigns and legislative efforts in the United States and several other countries.
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