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Friday February 25, 2011

Murder Rate Amongst Youth in Latin America Skyrockets

Murder Rate Amongst Youth in Latin America Skyrockets

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Brazil’s murder rate ranks sixth among 100 countries, both in terms of the population as a whole and among youth. The other five, are also Latin American nations.

The first-ranked country in terms of overall murder rate is El Salvador (57.3 per 100,000 in 2006), followed by Colombia (42.8 in 2006) and Venezuela (36.4 in 2007).  The U.S. murder rate was 5 per 100,000 inhabitants in 2009, according to figures provided by the U.S. government.

A report from the Ministry of Justice of Brazil said El Salvador had the highest murder rate among youths (105.6 in 2006), followed by the U.S. Virgin Islands (86.2 in 2005) and Venezuela (80.4 in 2007).

The report, titled “Map of Violence”, said the number of Brazilians aged 15 to 24 murdered rose from 30 per 100,000 inhabitants in 1998 to 52.9 in 2008; the report failed to provide a reason for the spike.

Julio Jacobo Weiselfisz, the sociologist who prepared the report said, “If the overall rate is very high, the murder rate among youths has reached epidemic proportions.”