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By Sarah de Sainte Croix, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO – Rio’s reputation for violent crime precedes it. Films such as ‘City of God’ and ‘Tropa de Elite’ (Elite Troop) have only compounded this image in the eyes of the world, and the city is frequently cited as one of the most dangerous places on earth. When looking to uncover the statistics behind the claims however, the waters are somewhat muddy.

A quick Google search for ‘the world’s most dangerous cities’ turns up a number of lists based on unofficial and incomplete information. Subscribe to our Premium Membership Plan. Already Subscribed?