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What the Caribbean in paying for crime

This week, the World Bank in collaboration with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime produced a report¬†entitled “Crime, Violence, and Development: Trends, Costs, and Policy Options in the Caribbean” (see document crimeandviolenceinthecaribbeanfullreport1.pdf). It details and quantifies some of the startlingly terrifying statistics about violent crime in the region, and notes that the solutions are not to be gained from national actions, but need international efforts, especially from the United States of America, from where most of the guns come, and to where most of the drugs traded through the region go.

¬†The region’s vulnerability to drug trafficking as a transhipment point is a major problem, wedged between the major sources of cocaine in the south and the major consumer markets in the north. Continue reading