Murders are on the rise in Latin America.
In Ecuador, after a sharp drop in homicides through 2016, the murder rate rose from 6 to 15 per 100,000 population in 2021 to 26 in 2022.
In Jamaica, the murder rate is approaching 50, while in Honduras, it is estimated at 36 in 2022. (By comparison, the murder rate in the US is 6.)
A major factor behind this epidemic of armed violence is the diversion and illicit trafficking of small arms and light weapons in the region.
These weapons account for over 60% of homicides.
But where do they . . .
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