The luxury Honduras prison where notorious MS-13 gang members were allowed to play video games on 52-inch TVs and take advantage of a sex room have been unveiled.
A transfer of hundreds of members of organised crime gangs from an overcrowded jail to a new maximum security prison has unearthed details of the pampered lifestyles they have left behind.
A total of 773 gang members have been moved from a prison in Tamara, near the Honduran capital city of Tegucigalpa, to the new El Pozo 2 jail in La Tova in the western Honduran department of El Paraiso.
The designer flat-like cells were kitted out with air conditioning, colour-coordinated furniture, food blenders, coffee machines and well-stocked fridge-freezers.
An enormous 52-inch screen used by MS-13 gang members to play video games like FIFA
The gang members were living in relative luxury inside the prison with well-stocked fridges
The Karmasutra sex room which was made available to senior gang members when their wives visited
Some of the inmates even had access to a special comfort room with mirrors and ambient lighting, dubbed the Kamasutra, for conjugal visits with their wives and girlfriends.
Entering the Kamasutra was reportedly a privilege for gang leaders and other senior gang members who earned the right through carrying out crimes for their bosses.
And, when they could not enjoy the pleasures of female company, the inmates organised computer game tournaments to keep themselves amused behind bars.
All the prisoners are believed to be members of the notorious Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) and Barrio 18 gangs in Honduras which is regarded as one the most dangerous countries in the world.
Hondurans were shocked when pictures of the conditions they had enjoyed at the severely overcrowded Marco Aurelio Soto prison were posted on social media.
They included photos of nicely-decorated cells with games consoles where prisoners were allowed to play top games including FIFA and Grand Theft Auto.
In one room, wall decorations included a mirror framed in the shape of a snake in the shape of the number 18 to denote the Barrio 18 gang.
Pictures on the walls included former, mostly dead, gang leaders.
One room had a mirror framed in a snake shape and also portraits of deceased gang leaders
As well as access to the sex room and huge TV’s, prisoners were also able to get their hands on food blenders and PlayStation games God of War, FIFA, Uncharted 3 and Grand Theft Auto
The gang members were transferred to their new maximum security prison under a heavy security escort supervised by the President of Honduras, Juan Orlando Hernandez.
Prisons in Honduras are notorious hotbeds of gang activity, with fights, extortion, drug deals and killings common in the country’s overcrowded facilities.
Having swelled to 20,000 members in just two decades the MS-13 gang has gained notoriety for the brutal way members eliminate their enemies.
The group was started nearly 20 years ago in Los Angeles after millions of immigrants from El Salvador came to the United States after a violent civil war left over 100,000 dead.
The mob’s habit butchering victims with machetes and shooting rival gang members in the head points to a chaotic and scatter-gun approach, but there is a level of sophistication behind their operations in the US.
It has been revealed MS-13 is organized around five separate ranks, with secret coded messages shared every day on social media in a complex chain of command ruled by chiefs in El Salvador.
Four unidentified members of the Mara Salvatrucha “MS-13” (juvenile gang) show their tattoos in the unit where they are kept imprisoned in the National Penitentiary in Tamara
Local residents pass by graffiti in the MS-13-controlled El Bosque neighborhood in Tegucigalpa
Foot soldiers for the gang must seek permission, sometimes from head honchos inside prison, to carry out executions.
But despite the business-like organization of the group, there is not always big money at stake – members must pay as little as $10 to join in the first place.
The gang has since spread all over the country, and are known widely as the best killers – due to their exceedingly brutal weapon of choice, a machete.
They have clashed regularly with the Barrio 18 firm both inside and out of prison.
The MS-13’s rivals also go by the name of the 18th Street Gang, because it started in the 1960s near 18th Street in LA’s Rampart District.