Any place in the world can be a safe or a dangerous one, it will only depend on your attitude as a traveler. I have heard of many brutal crimes in touristic spots, even in the so-called safe countries, like Canada, Australia or Switzerland. Maniacs do exist everywhere, but they only act if they find potential opportunities/victims. So read the report below translated from O Estado de São Paulo newspaper so as it can give you an overview of the circumstances that led to the murder of six women by a serial killer [fortunately already arrested]:
José Vicente Matias, 39, better known as Corumbá, has declared the murder of the Russian tourist Katria Rostkov, 29, who disappeared in December 2004. She was seen the last time in Perinópolis, Goiás.
Corumbá told the police he had an affair with Katria. According to him, both of them were walking together through a countryside road when they suddenly decided to swim in a nearby cascade. There he confessed he felt a great impulse to kill her. Her body hasn’t been found yet, but he admitted to know where she is buried.
Maranhão state police confirms the history he is a serial killer. He killed two other tourists – the 27-year-old Spanish Nuria Fernandez and Maryanne Kern, from Germany. All the crimes in similar circumstances: girls who were traveling alone. All of them within a short period of time – between March and December 2004. Police confirmed he also killed three other girls, all Brazilians.
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Lets put things into perspective...you can also get killed walking out your front door, or on your way to work, or even sitting in your house. To live in fear is no way to live.
Travelling alone just involves common sense! Don't put yourself in dangerous situations. Don't hang around seedy parts of town at night. Don't wave your cash around, or wear a lot of jewelry...just common sense. Use your head, and you will 999 time out of 1000 be just fine!
ok maybe the post was meant to be a warning and to look out for others but it is pure scaremongering-we could all get killed in our own houses and as cupcake says if you use your common sense you're not gonna get into any trouble-i mean all this post does is put potential travellers off when theres no need for such tactics!! Female travellers have enough things to sort out without the added paranoia of being killed by an axe wielding maniac!
So a one-time poster decided out of the goodness of his heart to come here and scare the living daylights out of all female potential travellers? How nice of him!
You said it, CC. Danger lurks closer to home than anywhere else. In fact, just being AWAY from home automatically puts up your "safety" guard, so you're probably that much more cautious when travelling.
And as for trying to scare women away from travelling alone, well - I'd say someone has serious issues.
I can only agree with you girls, I don't need to read such stories.
Fair enough if people tell girls to be extra careful instead of putting us of to travel on our own, and why shouldn't guys be in danger if they happen to meet a psycho while travelling?
Exactly stef guys are just as much likely to meet weirdos to.
And if people didnt go travelling the world would be a damn sorry place.
Its called using common sense.
When I was in Morocco I felt very responsible for my female companion and was continually paranoid about safety etc. I/we missed potentially good experiences with locals, to experience the culture fully. Now I feel that I was a bit too cautious, but we still made friends with some locals in Essouria and had a few drinks in a drinking den in Marrakech (we where the only whites and Tess (my mate) was the only female) so it wasn't all bad. The truth is you have to feel the situation and then act on it, it's not easy but people shouldn't be scared into not welcoming people native to the visited country into their lives if only for a short period of time, or you will never learn from them and grow as a person.
why shouldn't guys be in danger if they happen to meet a psycho while travelling?
I would almost think men would be in more danger...with their bravado and all......
If i believed every email warning or took to heart every story in the newspaper that i read, i would've been too scared to leave the house, let alone travel around the world on my own/
I understand that the messgae was meant as warning, but shouldn't we also trust that most of the people setting off around the world have got enough common sense not to get themselves into situations like this. A Psycho is just as likely to kill a man as a woman, and there's no reason to unnecessarily scare solo female travellers just becaus eof one sick puppy.
Let's see... there were 42 murders in Montreal last year. Oh my gawd! That's unsafe! Either I should never, ever leave the front door, or I'd better move! Hmm.. .Missaguga was rated the "Safest City in Canada" last year. Maybe I should move there. The only danger would be dying of boredom.