All About Kidnapping

EXTORTION / 17 OCT 2016

Nearly two dozen municipal police officers were arrested on suspicion of kidnapping and extortion of migrants in Mexico's Chiapas state, highlighting the rise of police violence against migrants along this…

KIDNAPPING / 30 SEP 2016

The number of recorded kidnappings in Venezuela has increased by 88 percent over the last year, according to new figures, which help to quantify a security crisis that has all…

KIDNAPPING / 27 SEP 2016

Venezuela's interior ministry has announced a new plan to combat kidnapping in the country, but it's doubtful the strategy will slow the country's steep rise in abductions for ransom. …

KIDNAPPING / 16 SEP 2016

The abduction of 15 individuals from a bus traveling between Mexico's northeastern states of Tamaulipas and Coahuila highlights insecurity in Mexico's border states, and recalls previous episodes of mass kidnappings…

KIDNAPPING / 14 SEP 2016

Migration activists in Mexico are warning about a growth in the number of kidnappings of migrants by crime groups, and they blame the government's policies for exacerbating the situation.

COLOMBIA / 17 AUG 2016

A Colombian guerrilla group has reportedly kidnapped nearly a dozen rice farmers and is holding them hostage in Venezuela, a sign of increasing militant activity along the border that could…

JALISCO CARTEL / 16 AUG 2016

A group of men that included a son of El Chapo Guzmán were abducted at gunpoint from an upscale restaurant in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, in what appears to be a…

BRAZIL / 26 JUL 2016

The mother-in-law of one of the most powerful figures in the international automobile racing scene has reportedly been kidnapped in Brazil, adding to concerns about athletes' safety during the upcoming…

KIDNAPPING / 14 JUN 2016

Kidnappings in Venezuela have risen 170% in 2016 according to a new report based on citizen perceptions, highlighting the inability of the state to provide security as economic and political…

KIDNAPPING / 14 JUN 2016

A sudden spike in kidnapping in Guerrero and Baja California has coincided with the ongoing deterioration of the organized crime structures that dominate the two west Mexico states.

ARGENTINA / 8 JUN 2016

New data from Argentina indicates virtual and real kidnappings continue to be a security concern in Buenos Aires, although government efforts to tackle these issues may be helping to…

KIDNAPPING / 30 MAY 2016

The brief kidnapping of a soccer star in northeastern Mexico has brought public attention and state resources to a crime that is widely prevalent but hugely underreported in much of…

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