Adam Hinton has photographed the most dangerous places in the world, none more so than El Salvador, where the notorious MS-13 gang welcomed him gladly into their community and their private prison

The gangs of El Salvador: inside the prison the guards are too afraid to enter

Adam Hinton has photographed the most dangerous places in the world, none more so than El Salvador, where the notorious gang welcomed him gladly into their community and their private prison

The Mara Salvatrucha gang are so feared in El Salvador, with a reputation for merciless revenge and cruel retribution, that they’ve been allowed to run their own prison. “Penas Ciudad Barrios is a maximum security prison for members of the Mara Salvatrucha Gang, or MS, in the South of El Salvador,” London- based photographer Adam Hinton explained, who was brave enough to go into the compound to take portraits of some of the inmates.

The prison so dangerous that even the guards stay outside

The Mara Salvatrucha gang are so feared in El Salvador, with a reputation for merciless revenge and cruel retribution, that they’ve been allowed to run their own prison. “Penas Ciudad Barrios is a maximum security prison for members of the Mara Salvatrucha Gang, or MS, in the South of El Salvador,” London- based photographer Adam Hinton explained, who was brave enough to go into the compound to take portraits of some of the inmates.

Gangs use hand signs like these to help show where they are from and who they are associated with.

Gangs use hand signs like these to help show where they are from and who they are associated with. It is an iconic feature of gang culture, unique and accepted throughout the various sets and rivalries of gangs as an understood type of language.

Sessions: MS-13 street gang a 'priority' for law enforcement - ABC News

Sessions: MS-13 street gang a 'priority' for law enforcement - ABC News

A member of MS-13 - Isabel Munoz. So piercing and honestly he's pretty handsome too. Too bad he's down a path of danger and destruction. Smh, society.

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

Adam Hinton MS-13 prison portraits

The gangs of El Salvador: inside the prison the guards are too afraid to enter

Criminal Tattoo: MS 13. The MS 13 on this man's back stands for Mara Salvatrucha, a large Latino gang notorious for its ruthlessness and violence. MS 13 originated in Los Angeles, but now operates across the United States as well as in Mexico, Central America and Canada. In addition to markings on the body, MS 13 members often sport intricate face tattoos.

The MS 13 on this man's back stands for Mara Salvatrucha, a large Latino gang notorious for its ruthlessness and violence.

FOX NEWS: Long Island MS-13 task force finds third body in 2 weeks

Long Island MS-13 task force finds third body in 2 weeks

FOX NEWS: Long Island MS-13 task force finds third body in 2 weeks

Restrictions Lifted - Organized Crime Task Force to target MS-13 Gang :http://www.magapill.com/restrictions-lifted-organized-crime-task-force-to-target-ms-13-gang/

Restrictions Lifted - Organized Crime Task Force to target MS-13 Gang :http://www.magapill.com/restrictions-lifted-organized-crime-task-force-to-target-ms-13-gang/

Gang members will cover their whole bodies of tattoos with their gang on them. Devoted to the life of gangs.

tattoos on the body make a statement, one on the face states it bolder, a gang tattoo on the face yells Fuck the World.

Sessions: MS-13 street gang a 'priority' for law enforcement - ABC News

Sessions: MS-13 street gang a 'priority' for law enforcement - ABC News

Is MS-13 America's public enemy number one? | Boston 25 News

Is MS-13 America's public enemy number one? | Boston 25 News

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