All About Kidnapping

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…

COLOMBIA / 23 FEB 2015

Authorities in Colombia busted a kidnapping network that reportedly sold victims to rebel army the ELN, a possible indication the guerrilla group is distancing itself from this criminal activity in…

HONDURAS / 16 FEB 2015

Four low-ranking military police officers in Honduras were arrested on kidnapping charges, prompting a swift response from the president who wants to enshrine the force into the Constitution.

INFOGRAPHICS / 5 FEB 2015

According to numbers kept by Mexico's government, abductions dropped 17 percent last year, although the numbers kept by a kidnapping watchdog group say otherwise.  …

KIDNAPPING / 16 JAN 2015

In a rare public illustration of the depths of corruption in Venezuela's security forces, authorities arrested 13 members of the investigative police for alleged involvement in kidnapping.

COLOMBIA / 13 JAN 2015

Colombia was once the kidnap capital of the world, with eight reported abductions a day, but over the past 15 years that number has fallen to less than one a day.

EPP / 5 JAN 2015

After Paraguay's EPP guerrillas released a civilian hostage but kept a police officer captive, the question is whether the rebel group may still be seeking a prisoner exchange.

ARGENTINA / 24 NOV 2014

Kidnapping appears to be increasing in Argentina amidst a crime wave that could be a side effect of the country's growing domestic drug market and role as a drug transit…

BOLIVIA / 16 OCT 2014

It is important to note that InSight Crime does not believe that Bolivia has been taken over by transnational organized crime (TOC), nor is even close to it. However, the…

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InSight Crime Events – Border Crime: The Northern Triangle and Tri-Border Area

ARGENTINA / 25 JAN 2021

Through several rounds of extensive field investigations, our researchers have analyzed and mapped out the main illicit economies and criminal groups present in 39 border departments spread across the six countries of study – the Northern Triangle trio of Guatemala, Honduras, and El…

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InSight Crime’s ‘Memo Fantasma’ Investigation Wins Simón Bolívar National Journalism Prize

COLOMBIA / 20 NOV 2020

The staff at InSight Crime was awarded the prestigious Simón Bolívar national journalism prize in Colombia for its two-year investigation into the drug trafficker known as “Memo Fantasma,” which was…

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InSight Crime – From Uncovering Organized Crime to Finding What Works

COLOMBIA / 12 NOV 2020

This project began 10 years ago as an effort to address a problem: the lack of daily coverage, investigative stories and analysis of organized crime in the Americas. …

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InSight Crime – Ten Years of Investigating Organized Crime in the Americas

FEATURED / 2 NOV 2020

In early 2009, Steven Dudley was in Medellín, Colombia. His assignment: speak to a jailed paramilitary leader in the Itagui prison, just south of the city. Following his interview inside…