Top 10 Most Dangerous Cities in the World

Last updated on Apr 23, 2014

Some cities are famous for their unique architecture, some for their skyscrapers, some for their culture and nightlife.

Well, we're not interested in all that nonsense. Below you'll discover the most dangerous cities in the world - the ones where wandering into the wrong part of town can lead to you being mugged, abducted, or outright killed.

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Ciudad Juarez, Mexico

In 2009 Ciudad Juarez was called "the most violent zone in the world outside of declared war zones", and for good reason. Plagued with gang wars, drug cartels and abuse of women, the city's murder rate is estimated at around 130 per 100,000 citizens.

As a result of the implementation of NAFTA and the exponential rise in job opportunities in the city, hundreds of female factory workers have been murdered, and violence towards women has been on the rise. In under a decade around 300 women have gone missing and over 400 have been victims of sexual homicide.


Cape Town, South Africa

Located on the southern tip of Africa, Cape Town is considered one of the most beautiful cities in South Africa, and for good reason. Its lavish landscapes and tranquil beauty attract millions of tourists each year. It therefore comes as a surprise that every year, tourists and locals alike are subjected to robbery, theft, murder, and kidnapping. Car hijackings by the mafia and drug addicts are also a common occurrence in the city, whose crime rate is the highest in South Africa due to huge economic and social disparities.

Of course, many areas of the city are perfectly safe, and for the most part Cape Town is seen as a fantastic holiday destination. It is important, though, to steer clear of the crime-ridden areas, which include Seapoint, Salt River, Cape Flats, Observatory and Mowbray.

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