April 25, 2013

Peru: Booming Drug Trade, No Violence

Muggah & McDermott, The Atlantic

AP Photo

Peruvians are far more worried about the common crime that touches their daily lives, than the organized crime that has shown itself capable of corrupting the police, prosecutors, judges, and it seems, presidents. And this is because, unlike in Colombia and Mexico, the drug trade involves very little violence. While popular perceptions of insecurity are rising slightly, Peru is widely considered one of the safest countries in South America.

There are at least two possible explanations for this paradox.

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TAGGED: Peru, War on Drugs

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