Number of kidnap for ransom incidents worldwide

Between 2001 and 2010, there has been roughly 20,000 kidnapping incidents that demanded ransom payments worldwide, according to the Safe Travel Institute.

Source: James Mayer, “Plot to abduct business executives, such as Columbia Sportswear’s Gert Boyle, boom overseas but are rare in U.S.,” Oregonian, November 19, 2010.