Economic Cost of Crime to Brazil Almost R$300 Billion

A new study released by Brazil's Special Secretariat for Strategic Affairs revealed the substantial economic cost of crime to Brazil.

By Nelson Belen, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - According to a new study released on Monday, June 11th, the economic cost of crime to Brazil is estimated to be about R$285 billion, or over four percent of the country's Gross Domestic Product. Additionally, the economic impact of crime has risen from R$113 billion in 1996 to R$285 billion in 2015, amounting to an average increase of about 4.5 percent per year.

The findings were published in a report from Brazil's Secretaria Especial de Assuntos Estratégicos (Special Secretariat for Strategic Affairs) entitled

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