If I say drug cartels, who comes to mind?
Many of you probably thought of Pablo Escobar, especially after the many TV series/movies that were made about him in recent years.
I happened to live in Medellín, Colombia, for a few months during 2016. Thankfully, 2016 was a few decades after the horrible 1980s-90s, so safety wasn’t a real concern at the time. In fact, I felt very safe while in Medellín proper, with police presence everywhere I went. The government even signed a peace treaty with the Marxist guerilla army (FARC) while I was there. Of course, poverty and petty crimes were omnipresent, which is pretty typical of most major cities, even in North America.