All About Kidnapping

ECUADOR / 4 FEB 2013

A presidential candidate in Ecuador has fallen victim to an express kidnapping, a crime becoming increasingly common across Latin America.

KIDNAPPING / 24 JAN 2013

A French national has been freed after after a Mexican court overturned her 60-year sentence for belonging to a kidnapping gang, due to failings such as the police staging a…

COLOMBIA / 21 JAN 2013

Rebels from Colombia's smaller rebel group have kidnapped five prospectors and launched attacks across the country in an effort to force the government into granting them a seat…

BRAZIL / 17 JAN 2013

Kidnappings in Rio de Janeiro almost doubled between 2011 and 2012, which could be connected to the damage to drug gangs’ income from a program to send elite police units…

KIDNAPPING / 21 DEC 2012

Mexico may have seen an average of 72 kidnappings per day throughout 2012, according to an NGO, a huge number which bears no relation to official statistics and…

COLOMBIA / 22 NOV 2012

The FARC has released four Chinese citizens who were kidnapped in June last year, a piece of good publicity for the rebels after claims that they had broken…

KIDNAPPING / 22 OCT 2012

Mexican authorities have found the body of a fourth taxi driver killed by a band of kidnappers and buried by a highway outside Mexico City, highlighting taxi drivers' vulnerability to…

KIDNAPPING / 21 SEP 2012

Footage making the rounds online purportedly shows a kidnapping taking place on the streets of Caracas, with heavily armed men threatening a group of people inside a car, before climbing…

KIDNAPPING / 8 AUG 2012

Mexican authorities have released a new report on kidnapping, detailing the growing dependence by drug trafficking gangs on the activity.

COLOMBIA / 19 JUL 2012

Kidnappings are on the rise in Colombia, with common criminals surpassing guerrilla groups as the worst offenders.

KIDNAPPING / 19 JUL 2012

A hotel security video caught Jalisco police officers assisting in a kidnapping, highlighting the depth of corruption in Mexico’s security forces.

ARGENTINA / 19 JUL 2012

A series of "express kidnappings" by gangs on major roads in the Buenos Aires area have sparked fears of a security crisis on Argentina's roads, though the gangs do not…

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