Travellers beware, world’s most dangerous cities list includes St. Louis, San Pedro Sula and more

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The screaming headlines send an ominous chill down the spine of any traveller.

At times, it seems as if the globe is being flooded with danger from every corner and one misstep could mean a trip to the morgue.

The UK Sun recently released a list of the most dangerous places on the planet where you can get shot, shanked, kidnapped or lose your head.

And some will surprise you. No Canadian city made the list.


St. Louis AND East St. Louis, Illinois:

Forget Chicago, New Orleans and Detroit, old St. Loo has the highest homicide rate in the United States.

The FBI says the area has a staggering murder rate of 59.3 per 100,000 people. Rape and robbery rates are also sky high.

And despite the Windy City’s exploding reputation for bloodshed, St. Louis’ murder rate is double that of Chicago’s.


Caracas, Venezuela and San Pedro Sula, Honduras:

Riots, poverty, drugs, bloodshed and political unrest makes for a deadly cocktail in Venezuela.

Latin America is known for its often barbaric drug wars and that has given Honduras the world’s highest homicide rate.

Adding to the mix is the fact the nation has reportedly run out of toilet paper and citizens are eating zoo animals.


Naples, Italy:

Nothing says murder like the Mafia, which still has Naples in a deadly stranglehold.

Ruling the roost is the Camorra crime syndicate that frequently engages in daytime shootouts and assassinations.

But unlike the more disciplined Sicilian Cosa Nostra, there is no hierarchy in the Camorra, leading to a wild west in Naples, with killers as young as 12 blasting rivals.


Kiev, Ukraine:

Ukraine is another troubled country as tensions with the Russian minority continue to boil and spill into the streets.

Toss in ruthless Eastern European “mafiya” members and murder ensues.

Grozny, Chechnya:

A smorgasbord of bloodshed and evil. Gay concentration camps. Terrorism. Rampant gangsterism — state sanctioned and otherwise — makes this town one to avoid.

Hundreds of gay men are feared to have been tortured and killed under this brutal dictatorship.


Raqqa, Syria:

ISIS. ‘Nuff said.

No fun in the capital of the crumbling caliphate.


Mogadishu, Somalia:

A recent suicide car bomb attack by al-Shabaab that butchered 10 people was just another day in Somali’s capital city.

Decades of war and despair have made the capital a haven for terrorists, pirates, killers and other malevolent miscreants.


Karachi, Pakistan:

Called the world’s most dangerous megacity (population 23,5 million), terrorism, kidnappings and bombings have plagued the coastal city for years.

Afflicted by political unrest, the city also has a thriving — and murderous — gang culture.

Manilla, Philippines:

The streets of Manila look more like a slaughterhouse than one of the world’s great cities.

Gangsters kill gangsters over women, drug turf and whatever suits their fancy. Extra-judicial assassinations by President Rodrigo Duterte’s death squads add to the sinister mix.

The vigilantes’ tally? An estimated 5,600 dead in just a year.


Perth, Australia:

Huh? Yes, you read it here. One of the greatest places in the world has been torn to shreds by crystal meth addiction.

Hospitals and jails are packed with junkies who killed to get their fix of an extremely potent strain of ice. 

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