Vulture funds abuse the system, acquiring distressed debt in secondary markets to multiply profits at the expense of the poor and weak. While the practices originated in South America, the method has increasingly been used to target African countries.
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For small sums, vulture funds buy debts racked up years ago by the poorest countries on earth. Then they take the poor country to court, and demand exorbitant and crippling returns from the debtor nations.