Crime in Honduras
Poverty, gangs, and low apprehension and conviction rates of criminals contribute to a high crime rate. There have been reports of men carrying firearms and machetes, which has led to violence several times.
Since Honduras has a large tourist industry, tourists have often been targeted victims of crime, such as robbery. In San Pedro Sula, armed robberies against tourist vans, minibuses and cars traveling from the airport to area hotels are not uncommon. A high rate of unemployment and drug trafficking have led to an extremely high rate of crime in Honduras as well.
According to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, Honduras has the highest rate of intentional homicide in the world, with 6,239 intentional homicides, or 82.1 per 100,000 of population in 2010. This is significantly higher than the rate in El Salvador, which at 66.0 per 100,000 in 2010, has the second highest rate of intentional homicide in the world.
U.S. Peace Corps in Honduras
The U.S. Peace Corps operated in Honduras between 1963 and 2012. In January 2012 Peace Corps members were withdrawn from Honduras. The president of Honduras, Porfirio Lobo, stated that the Peace Corps members had been affected by the rising crime rate. The decision to pull the Peace Corps out of Honduras was prompted when one of the members was shot in the leg on a bus in San Pedro Sula.
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- This increased further to 7,104 homicides in 2011. United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (2011), 2011 Global Study on Homicide - Trends, Context, Data, Vienna, Austria: United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, p. 93, Table 8.1, retrieved 30 March 2012
- The Associated Press (16 January 2012). "All 158 Peace Corps volunteers leave Honduras". USA Today. Retrieved 30 April 2012.
- Curvas, Gomez Licon, Freddy, Adriana (18 January 2012). "Honduras Peace Corp Withdraw: Volunteer Pullout Comes As A Blow". Huffington Post. Retrieved 30 April 2012.