Police crack down on 'El Bronx,' Colombia's 'republic of crime'

The streets of Colombia's largest open-air drug market look like a war zone following a police sweep through one of Bogota's most dangerous neighborhoods.

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    Police officers stand in front of a mural depicting the late drug kingpin Pablo Escobar, in the area known as El Bronx in downtown Bogota, Colombia, Monday, May 30, 2016. Thousands of police officers accompanied by city officials raided early Saturday the area plagued by drug addicts and prostitution. According to Bogotaâs Major Enrique Penalosa dozens of underage girls who were forced into sexual servitude by gang members were rescued, during the raid. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)
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    Police officers break into slot machines looking for drugs and weapons in the area known as El Bronx in downtown Bogota, Colombia, Monday, May 30, 2016. Thousands of police officers accompanied by city officials raided early Saturday the area plagued by drug addicts and prostitution. According to Bogotaâs Major Enrique Penalosa dozens of underage girls who were forced into sexual servitude by gang members were rescued, during the raid. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)
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    Police officers stand in the area known as El Bronx in downtown Bogota, Colombia, Monday, May 30, 2016. Thousands of police officers accompanied by city officials raided early Saturday the area plagued by drug addicts and prostitution. According to Bogotaâs Major Enrique Penalosa dozens of underage girls who had been forced into sexual servitude by gang members were rescued, during the raid. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)
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    A police officer walks past smashed slot machines in the area known as El Bronx in downtown Bogota, Colombia, Monday, May 30, 2016. Thousands of police officers accompanied by city officials raided early Saturday the area plagued by drug addicts and prostitution. According to Bogotaâs Major Enrique Penalosa dozens of underage girls who were forced into sexual servitude by gang members, were rescued during the raid. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)
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    Police officers stand in the area known as El Bronx in downtown Bogota, Colombia, Monday, May 30, 2016. Thousands of police officers accompanied by city officials raided early Saturday the area plagued by drug addicts and prostitution. According to Bogotaâs Major Enrique Penalosa dozens of underage girls who were forced into sexual servitude by gang members, were rescued during the raid. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)
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