5 Most Dangerous Countries on Earth

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There are some places on Earth we all would love to visit someday, but here are five nations you never want to visit!


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1. South Africa

Hi-jacking hot spot

South Africa, hosting the soccer World Cup and brimful of tourists, must seem like heaven to criminals. This country has been described as the ‘rape capital of the world’, with 118.3 rapes per 100,000 people. Not only is the high incidence of rape bad news for visitors, but there’s also an incredibly high murder rate. This country consistently has one of the highest homicide rates in the world. While most crime occurs in poor areas, gated communities have been appearing all over the country, and armed guards regularly protect the wealthier tourist groups. Farming here has become one of the most dangerous jobs on earth, as murder rates for farmers are about 8 times higher than the national average. With over 10 million people infected with HIV, safe sex is also a good idea. A beautiful place to visit, but be on your guard.

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2. Brazil

Favela no Rio de Janeiro

If you travel to Brazil you are likely to get mugged, because anyone who looks like a tourist is a target. Desperate poverty lies alongside great wealth in this country. Economic growth has widened the gap between rich and poor and made crime rates soar. Street crime is rampant in parts of Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paolo, and it is common for tourists to have their lives threatened for their valuables.

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