Number of Kidnapping For Ransom in Venezuela in 2009

According to official statistics, there has been 166 kidnapping for ransom in Venezuela in 2009.  However, as many cases are not reported, the number of kidnappings are estimated to be up to four times higher.

Poor families are forced to give up possessions, such as refrigerator, in order to pay the ransom.

 

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  1. Source: Rory Carroll, “Fear grips Venezuela as even the poor are seized by kidnap gangs,” The Guardian, May 17, 2009.

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