Estimated Number of Kidnapping Incidents in Venezuela Between 2008-2009

According to the National Statistics Institute, there were an estimated 17,000 kidnappings in Venezuela between July 2008 and July 2009. A majority of the kidnap and ransom cases appeared to be “express kidnappings,” where a person is held hostage for a day and released with a ransom payment quickly.

Source: Michael S. Schmidt and Simon Romero, “In Nation Plagued by Abductions, Search Is On,” New York Times, November 10, 2011.