All About Kidnapping

COLOMBIA / 25 MAY 2016

The disappearance of several journalists in the troubled zone of Catatumbo -- home to an array of illicit armed groups and major coca cultivation -- has refocused attention on the…

COLOMBIA / 2 MAY 2016

Colombia's ELN guerrillas' refusal to formally renounce kidnapping may prove to be a major obstacle for the start of peace talks with the government that were announced by both sides earlier this year.

ARGENTINA / 6 APR 2016

A wave of "express kidnappings" has hit Buenos Aires in the last few weeks, a recurring crime in Argentina's capital city that may become a security priority for President Mauricio Macri.

HOMICIDES / 5 APR 2016

Mexico's homicide rate reached its highest level in two years in February, and the state of Colima displaced Guerrero as having the most reported homicides in the country.

COLOMBIA / 30 MAR 2016

Colombia's government and ELN guerrillas have announced the start of formal peace negotiations, but the government's lengthy peace process with rebel group the FARC cautions against expecting a quick resolution…

HUMAN RIGHTS / 14 DEC 2015

Mexico President Enrique Peña Nieto has put forth two new initiatives aimed at combating kidnapping and torture, but local conditions may hinder any eventual implementation. …

EXTORTION / 9 OCT 2015

According to new figures released by Guatemala's Attorney General's Office, the amount of money that criminal groups make from extortion, kidnapping, and hired killings pale in comparison to the cash…

KIDNAPPING / 10 JUN 2015

Authorities in Venezuela have arrested eight members of the national police force on suspicion of kidnapping, the latest sign that reform efforts have failed to root out corruption within the…

ARGENTINA / 13 MAY 2015

Kidnappings rose by 50 percent in Argentina's Buenos Aires province between 2013 and 2014, a trend that appears to be fueled in part by the participation of corrupt active and…

ARGENTINA / 8 MAY 2015

Investigators in Argentina believe police officers and former members of Peru's Shining Path guerrillas are behind the recent kidnapping of a wealthy businessman, raising concerns that the country’s kidnapping groups…

KIDNAPPING / 31 MAR 2015

Reports of migrant kidnapping in Mexico have increased dramatically over a single year, a phenomenon that may be linked to increased migration from Central America, rising kidnapping rates in Mexico,…

ARGENTINA / 11 MAR 2015

Authorities in Argentina recently dismantled a criminal group dedicated to fake kidnappings, a trend seen in other parts of Latin America where low-level criminals, rather than gangs, are relying on…

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