Venezuela placed fifth in kidnapping risk

14gaes630lrVenezuela is currently fifth in the world’s top 20 countries with higher kidnapping risk, according to a report prepared between January and September 2013 and presented by the international risk consultancy firm Control Risk, published on, a website specialized in economics and technology.

According to the report, Venezuela is only preceded by Mexico, India, Nigeria and Pakistan, in ascending order. According to unofficial numbers, the Scientific, Penal and Criminal Investigations’ Corps received 382 kidnapping reports nationwide between January 1 and November 12. However, these numbers do not include cases handled by the National Commando against Extortion and Kidnapping (GAES), or unreported cases.

Control Risk’s report points out “Caracas was the critical point for kidnapping during the first semester of 2013. Of the abductions reported in that period, 33% occurred in the capital city,” says the risk assessment company’s website.

The information portal indicates the proportion of kidnapings in Latin America has decreased to half the cases reported in 2005. Of the region’s countries that appear on the list, Colombia is ninth, Guatemala 12th and Brazil 16th.

Source: El Universal



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