Latin America voted in amongst top 10 most dangerous backpacker destinations
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Latin America voted in amongst top 10 most dangerous backpacker destinations

A report by the International Women’s Travel Center lists Mexico, Honduras, Brazil and Colombia among the top ten worst countries for female travelers.

The study uses two key criteria: “dangerous vs. obnoxious (due to harassment or annoying laws and treatment of women).”

Mexico reached the number two spot, due to increased rates of kidnapping and gang violence. Car jacking, highway robberies and even gun battles between rival gangs were also listed among the issues that female tourists could face while travelling.

Heightened levels of violence and crime saw neighboring Honduras take third place.

“The National Commission for Human Rights reports that 3,000 women have died in the last decade and 90 percent of those crimes were not investigated.  Worse, yet, 40 percent of those crimes happened in 2011/2012. Worse, violent deaths of women have increased 263.4 percent from 2005-2013 according to UNODC data.”

Brazil, home to the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, was voted in at number four. Women are advised to be careful when taking out money, due to a spate of ‘quicknapping’ cases. Between 2009 and 2012, rape has also increased by 157 percent.

Colombia takes seventh place. “It (Colombia) is so bad that even women rights defenders who are women have been targeted and raped.  Law enforcement has not been helpful in prosecuting attackers.”

The IWTC outline: “We began writing this article in 2014 as an antidote for the many tourist sites that insist that travel to virtually any country is fine with a few commonsense precautions.  We felt it was poor advice and ignored the fact that some countries are far more dangerous for women than others and have unique hazards that need to be understood (not to mention, avoided).”

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