Crime in Peru

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Officers of the Peruvian national police.

Crime in Peru is investigated by the Peruvian police.

Crime by type[edit]


In 2012, Peru had a murder rate of 9.6 per 100,000 population.[1] There were a total of 2,865 murders in Peru in 2012.[1] By 2015, this had declined to 7.16 per 100,000, with 2,247 murders recorded.[2]


Peru's most prominent political corruption scandal is probably the case of Alberto Fujimori, Peru's ex-President. Fujimori has been convicted of having ordered killings, embezzlement of public funds, abuse of power and corruption during his 10 years of presidency (1990-2000). In 2006, Fujimori fled to Japan with an alleged USD 600 million of public assets. He has been sentenced to a total of more than 30 years in prison.[3]

Domestic violence[edit]

In 2006, Ministry of Women and Social Development (MIMDES) centers reported 25,036 cases of domestic violence in Peru.[4] The centers helped an average of 2,067 men and women per month.[4] MIMDES also operated a toll-free hot line, which handled 7,785 requests for assistance regarding family disturbances during 2006.[4]

Women's organizations noted that alcohol abuse and traditional attitudes toward women aggravated the problems of rape and sexual abuse - particularly in rural areas.[4] In November 2006, the World Health Organization reported that 69 percent of Peruvian women said they had suffered from some form of physical violence in their lives.[4]

Illegal drug trade[edit]

The illegal drug trade in Peru includes the growing of coca and the shipment of cocaine to the United States.


  1. ^ a b Global Study on Homicide. United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, 2013.
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  3. ^ "Freedom in the World- Peru". Freedom House. Retrieved 6 February 2014.
  4. ^ a b c d e Report on Human Rights Practices 2006: Peru. United States Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor (March 6, 2007). This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.