Government Corruption Of Latin America

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According to James Painter in his BBC News article “Latin America faces year of change”, Latin America suffers from social violence, kidnapping, drug trafficking, child pornography, lack of women’s rights, and little accountability over the region’s law makers and authorities which can lead to government corruption (para. 12). Government corruption can be defined as political power used by government leaders for private gain and to maintain their power as a government official. Most of the times these corrupt politicians in Latin America say they are accomplishing apprehension of criminals to the best of their abilities when, in reality, they commit the same multitude of crimes. Politicians are able to maintain their power as a result of most people not voting due to thinking their vote will not make a difference and because the politicians have secret deals that ensure people vote for them. In Latin America corruption is a major issue and in order to stop this corruption voters must recognize that they can influence an election by participating in their democracy, not making private deals with corrupt officials and making the terms for politicians shorter. In 2012 Venezuela received a Corruption Perception Index score of 1.9 out of 10. The lower the score the more corrupt the country is perceived. This score gave the rank of the ninth most corrupt country in South America (“Venezuela”. para.4). Democracy started in Latin America in 1959. Starting in Venezuela and…

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