Latin America crime
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For more than half a century, Latin America has ruled the world as the most violent place on earth.

In 2013, nearly one in every three murders that occurred globally took place in the streets of Latin America – where just 8 percent of the world's people live.

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime recently released their “Global Study on Homicide 2013” which examined peacetime murder statistics from all over the world and ranked 13 of the top 20 countries to be in Latin America and the Caribbean. Honduras, Venezuela and Brazil are among the countries with the highest murder rates in the world.

In 2012, the U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime registered 134,519 homicides in Latin America out of the 440,000 murders globally.

"Ever since 1955, murder rates in the Americas have been five times higher than in Europe or Asia," said Angela Me, the chief of research at the UNODC. “That remains the case today. Latin America has the highest rate of criminal violence in the world.”

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