By Lucy Jordan, Contributing Reporter

BRASÍLIA, BRAZIL – São Paulo is experiencing a wave of violent crime, according to government data released Wednesday, with increased incidence of murders, robberies and rape in the first six months of the year. There were 622 victims of homicide over the first six months of 2012 in the city of São Paulo, an increase of 21 percent compared to the same period in 2011, Folha reported. Statewide, the climb was nine percent.

Armed robberies were up six percent throughout the state and eight percent in the capital, to a rate of 319 . . .

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