Ransom Payments to Al Qaeda in 2013

An investigation by the New York Times found that Al Queada and its affiliates have taken at least $125 million in revenue from kidnapping for ransom since 2008. Roughly half, or $66 Million, was paid out in 2013. The United States Treasury put the total at $165 million for the same period. Since 2008, the… Continue reading Ransom Payments to Al Qaeda in 2013

Kidnapping Statistics in Mexico as of Feb 2014

Based on statistics about kidnapping released in Mexico, there were 4,051 kidnapping victims across Mexico that were officially reported to criminal justice programs between December 2012 and February 28, 2014. 2,922 of the kidnapping victims were released, while 1,129 victims were still being held for ransom. 71 percent of the kidnapping victims were males. 69… Continue reading Kidnapping Statistics in Mexico as of Feb 2014

Kidnap and Ransom Revenue for Al Qaeda Groups

According to the British Ambassador to the United Nations, terrorist groups affiliated with Al Qaeda has made at least $105 Million between 2010 and 2013 from kidnapping hostages and releasing them for a ransom payment. The United Nations Security Council stated that countries should not pay ransom demands in order to cut off this funding… Continue reading Kidnap and Ransom Revenue for Al Qaeda Groups

Top Kidnap for Ransom Countries in 2013

Risk consultancy firmĀ  Control Risks released their Risk Map 2014, which highlights the areas of potential threats in 2014. In the report, the company highlighted the countries in 2013 that had the most incidents of kidnapping for ransom during the year. The top 5 countries where kidnapping for ransom took place are as follows: 1.… Continue reading Top Kidnap for Ransom Countries in 2013

Revenue for Eritrea’s Military from Child Kidnapping and Trafficking

A report release by researchers atĀ  Tilburg University in the Netherlands found that around 25,000 to 30,000 children were kidnapped and held for ransom by senior military officers with the Eritrea’s military between 2007 and 2012. According to the report, all students in Eritrea are required to serve at a military camp in order to… Continue reading Revenue for Eritrea’s Military from Child Kidnapping and Trafficking

Average Ransom Paid in Virtual Kidnapping Cases

United States Federal investigators broke up a virtual kidnapping ring that was randomly targeting immigrants and telling them that loved ones were being held hostage. The callers, based in Tijuana, Mexico, made up to 5,000 calls a day to numbers in the Washington DC area. That region was targeted due to its high number of… Continue reading Average Ransom Paid in Virtual Kidnapping Cases

Earnings For Knights Templar From Black Market Activities

In 2013, it was reported that the Mexican drug cartel Knights Templar was earning over $6 Million a month in various black market activities. Based on intelligence agencies estimates, media organizations in Mexico stated that the cartel was earning $2.2 Million each month transporting illegal drugs. $1 Million was collected each month through extortion threats… Continue reading Earnings For Knights Templar From Black Market Activities

Average Ransom Payment and Total Earnings for Somali Pirates

According to a report released by Interpol, the United Nations and the World Bank, the average ransom payment received by pirates in Somalia between 2005 and 2012 was $2.7 Million. The total haul in ransom payments made to the pirates during that time period was estimated to be between $339 Million and $413 Million. The… Continue reading Average Ransom Payment and Total Earnings for Somali Pirates

Earnings From Kidnapping for Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula

Security officials estimate that Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) has extorted up to $20 Million between 2010 to 2012 from kidnapping and ransom activities. Intelligence agencies in the United States and the United Kingdom believe that kidnapping for ransom is the largest source of revenue for the AQAP. The ransom money paid to… Continue reading Earnings From Kidnapping for Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula

Kidnapping For Ransom Cases in Karachi, Pakistan in 2013

Criminal justice officials in the Pakistani city of Karachi reported that there were 148 cases of kidnapping for ransom in the first 9 months of 2013, the highest number of kidnappings reported in the city in two decades. 129 cases have been solved. Intelligence analysts state that there are mainly 5 kidnapping groups operating in… Continue reading Kidnapping For Ransom Cases in Karachi, Pakistan in 2013