October 13, 2017 12:42
A total of 164 Korean tourists and expats were murdered abroad in the last five years, according to a Foreign Ministry report.
The most dangerous spot was the Philippines, where 48 Korean citizens were killed from 2012 to 2016. Twenty-one Koreans were murdered in the U.S., 19 in Latin America, 13 in China and 10 in Japan.
The Philippines accounted for 47.4 percent of all Koreans killed abroad in 2016, up from 18.2 percent in 2012. The Southeast Asian islands appear to exert a strong pull on Korean criminals and other shady operators, who often come into conflict with violent locals.
Over the same period, 203 Koreans fell victim to rape or sexual assault, with China accounting for the highest number (45), followed by Europe (33), the U.S. (17), Canada (seven), the Philippines, Latin America, Africa and the Middle East (six) and Japan (five).
Their number rose from 23 in 2012 to 57 last year.
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