All About Kidnapping

GUATEMALA / 19 JUL 2012

Eleven Guatemalan police officers have been arrested for trying to kidnap two civilians off the street, in what officials say is a relatively common type of scheme for officers to…

KIDNAPPING / 11 MAY 2012

The kidnapping of migrants who travel through Mexico on their way to the United States has become a “systematic and generalized” practice by organized crime groups such as the Zetas,…

GUATEMALA / 23 APR 2012

Kidnapping in Guatemala dropped some 42 percent between 2008 and 2011 by the count of one NGO, which may be due to the increased number of cases being brought to…

INFOGRAPHICS / 16 APR 2012

With the abduction of 36 gas workers in Peru, released days later under mysterious circumstances, the Shining Path’s southern faction have demonstrated that they are still a force capable of…

KIDNAPPING / 11 APR 2012

Peru's Shining Path guerrillas have released a list of ransom demands for a group of gas workers kidnapped last week, undermining President Ollanta Humala's claims that the rebel organization is…

KIDNAPPING / 10 APR 2012

A diplomat at the Costa Rican Embassy in Caracas has been found safe two days after he was kidnapped by gunmen, in the latest in a rash of attacks on…

KIDNAPPING / 10 APR 2012

Alleged members of the Shining Path guerrilla group are holding seven gas workers hostage after kidnapping 30 in south-central Peru, suggesting that the remaining faction of the rebel organization can…

COLOMBIA / 3 APR 2012

Colombia's largest rebel army has freed the last of the police and soldiers it has been holding hostage, sparking talk of peace talks while also shifting focus to its remaining…

KIDNAPPING / 19 MAR 2012

Mexico's government announced that the country's police had liberated more than 4,000 kidnap victims in the last two years, an impressive number, but one that also points to the scale…

COLOMBIA / 7 MAR 2012

Eleven oil workers kidnapped last month in Colombia's northeast were released by the ELN guerrilla gorup, according to reports, following calls from the rebels for a "social tax"…

EPP / 6 MAR 2012

In spite of a security surge by the Paraguayan military, the country’s elusive rebel army is rapidly gaining momentum, having dramatically stepped up its operations last year.

KIDNAPPING / 5 MAR 2012

The San Diego trial of two gang members once linked to the Tijuana Cartel is a reminder that Mexican groups have long used the city as a base. However, this…

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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…