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Honduras turns deadly - SFGate -
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"Killings have surged in Honduras as drug cartels have expanded their presence and an overall environment of lawlessness has emerged, giving the Central American country the highest per capita homicide rate in the world - 87 murders per 100,000 people, according to the United Nations. In 2011, San Pedro Sula, the nation's second-largest city, was declared the world's most violent city by the Citizens Council for Public Safety and Criminal Justice, a Mexican nongovernmental organization. The city now outranks even the dangerous border town of Juarez, Mexico. Early this year, the Peace Corps pulled out its 158 volunteers from Honduras for safety reasons. Honduras became the preferred transit route for cocaine moving from South America to the United States after crackdowns in Mexico and the Caribbean pushed drug trafficking to Central America. Honduras is now the crossing point for 84 percent of all U.S.-bound cocaine, according to Joint Task Force-Bravo, a U.S. military installation in Comayagua, Honduras. U.S. agents from the Drug Enforcement Administration have moved aggressively in recent weeks in Honduras against drug traffickers. Agents killed two alleged smugglers on June 23 and July 3." -
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