Amount of Ransom Paid in Iraq in 2011

Between April and June of 2011, six to seven Iraqis were kidnapped each month. The average ransom paid to the kidnappers was $50,000.

In  Kirkuk Province, there were over 60 reported cases of kidnapping for ransom in 2010. In 2011, 30 cases have been reported in the first 5 months of the year.

Source:  AFP, “Blind date to blindfold: the kidnap business in Iraq,” Google News, August 5, 2011.