When it comes to the travel industry, the issues of threat and their assessment are the major issues facing most of the travel destinations. The travel professional ought to think about where the local industry is vulnerable to security issues and safety issues. Sex Attacks, Mugging and Harassment are common threats tourist face in these dangerous tourist destinations. Tourist destinations like Turkey and Morocco may not be as female-friendly as you think, country like India reports sexual assault every 20 minute and where cities like Bogota, Mexico City and Lima named as most unsafe cities in the world. Before you go on for a vacation or travel here are a few countries that are more dangerous than you think and their facts :
The Dominican Republic is known for its white sandy beaches and tropical resorts, but as many as 39 tourists were murdered last year. The US State Department warns that the levels of professionalism within the local police is likely to vary wildly from that of the US, with common attempts to solicit bribes being reported along with incidents of them using excessive force.
Mexico is another popular vacation spot especially for American tourists. Mexico is long known for its kidnappings and gang-violence but many people overlook this mainly because of the country’s close location to the American border. In May this year the U.S. State Department issued a Travel Warning to tourists contemplating a trip south of the border, advising them to be extremely cautious when traveling within the country. Last year almost 1600 kidnapping cases were reported to authorities.
Despite Egypt’s long standing reputation as a popular tourist destination,largely due to its spectacular ancient landmarks, the country has become more and more dangerous in recent years for visitors. With the high threat of terrorism and political instability leading to frequent violent protests, the country’s main cities have become unsafe for locals and tourists alike. It has become illegal to photograph police stations, military facilities and other public buildings and law enforcement is indiscriminate during times of protest regarding who they arrest.
Gang rapes of local women and tourists have reached worrying levels in parts of the country with reports suggesting that a sexual assault is reported every twenty minutes. The authorities struggle to bring many perpetrators to justice, and according to the country’s National Crime Record Bureau crimes against women have increased by 7.1 per cent since 2010.
It is a big draw to American tourists due to its white sand beaches, turquoise waters, lush jungles and ancient ruins, attracting tens of thousands of visitors from the US each year. But the country has incredibly high crime rates with 50 per cent of the population (around 3.5 million people) living below the poverty line. In 2012, the UN office on Drugs and Crime rated Honduras as the country with the world’s highest per capita murder rate.
Another popular short-haul destination with Britons, Morocco has a poor record when it comes to women’s rights. Female travelers are advised to dress modestly and cover up in the conservative Muslim country.
Kenya has built a thriving tourist trade on the back of its incredible wildlife and safari parks. What is less well-know, however, is its reputation for violence against women.
According to a report from United Nations Development Fund for Women, ‘women of all ages, education levels, and social groups, in rural and urban settings are subjected to violence in Kenya.’
In 2010, a national survey indicated that 32 per cent of girls experienced sexual violence before becoming adults, and in November last year, a sex attack on a young woman wearing a short skirt provoked demonstrations by women highlighting the country’s widespread violence against women. Kidnappings and sexual assaults against tourists are also not uncommon.
Colombia’s capital Bogota, which has no train system but a network of red buses, was found to have the most unsafe public transport in a poll conducted by YouGov in 2014 for the Thomson Reuters Foundation. According to Human Rights Watch, corrupt police also have a poor track record when it comes to protecting women, and rapists are rarely brought to justice.
From sexual assault to violence to harassment to political unrest to problems of human trafficking, everything is common in these tourist destinations. Some of the above countries are unsurprisingly dangerous to travel to based on the tourist threat stats, facts and reports.