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Beauty queen's murder exposes Venezuela's crime epidemic

Published on Jan 11, 2014 8:09 AM

CARACAS (AFP) - The murder of a soap opera star has brought to light the harsh reality that Venezuelans endure daily: rampant violence and impunity allowing most criminals to get away with murder.

Authorities only solve eight out of 100 homicides in Venezuela, emboldening criminals who have turned the South American nation into one of the world's most dangerous places outside war zones.

Ask any Venezuelan what his or her biggest concern is, and the answer will most often be "la inseguridad", or lack of security, that has kept many from venturing out after nightfall.

"Public institutions in Venezuela are not doing their job of preventing and punishing crime," said crime expert Fermin Marmol.

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