In only 15 years the female prison population in Latin America has increased by 51.6 per cent and continues to grow at an alarming rate. Together with that of Asia, it surpasses the number of female prisoners in any other part of the world. In some prisons on the continent the figure even increased by 271 per cent between 1989 and 2015 and in Brazil alone by 290 per cent from 2005 to 2015. The majority of the women are accused of trafficking in or transporting drugs on a small scale, and in countries such as Argentina, Brazil, Costa Rica and Peru more than 60 per cent of the female prison population are there for these crimes.
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