Crime in Paraguay

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The center of historic Asunción.

Crime in Paraguay has increased in recent years with criminals often targeting those thought to be wealthy.[1] Although most crime in Paraguay is nonviolent, there has been an increase in the use of weapons and there have been incidents where extreme violence has been used.[1]

Crime by type[edit]


In 2012, Paraguay had a murder rate of 9.7 per 100,000 population.[2] There were a total of 649 murders in Paraguay in 2012.[2]


Further information: Corruption in Paraguay

Observers maintain that corruption in Paraguay remains a major impediment to the emergence of stronger democratic institutions and sustainable economic development.[3]

Illegal drug trade[edit]

Further information: Illegal drug trade in Paraguay

The illegal drug trade in Paraguay is significant in both production of cannabis and trans-shipment of cocaine.[2] In 2011 the United Nations reported that it was the largest cannabis producer in South America, accounting for 15 per cent of world cannabis production.[4] It was also responsible for 30-40 tons of cocaine trans-shipment annually.[4]

Domestic violence[edit]

Further information: Domestic violence in Paraguay

On average one woman is murdered in Paraguay every 10 days.[5] Although Paraguay has taken several measures to deal with this problem, including creating special police units for domestic violence victims,[6][7] lack of adequate laws, as well as conservative attitudes within a male dominated society hinder progress.


Armed robbery, carjackings, car theft, and home invasions are a problem in both urban and rural areas.[1] Street crime including pick pocketing and mugging is prevalent in cities.[1]

As of 2008, the number of pick pocketing incidents and armed assaults was increasing on public buses and in the downtown area of Asunción.[1] There have been incidents of pilferage from checked baggage at both airports and bus terminals.[1] Unauthorized ticket vendors also reportedly operate at the Asuncion bus terminal, badgering travelers into buying tickets for substandard or non-existent services.[1]