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Drug routes key to understanding rising violence in Brazil

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Violence remains a concern in Brazil.

Brazil has historically done a poor job monitoring violence rates. To date, the federal government has little idea of exactly how many murders happen in the country – as it still doesn’t have a consolidated database to monitor violence rates. The best indicator is a study published annually by the Brazilian Forum of Public Security (FBSP), which compiles and analyzes reports from police departments of all states. And it doesn’t paint a favorable picture of the country: Brazil has actually beaten its own record for homicides, registering 63,880 last year.

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