Special units of the Scientific, Penal and Criminal Investigations’ Corps (CICPC) and the National Bolivarian Guard (GNB) have received information about the abduction of at least 23 victims throughout the nation.
Not all cases are formally reported to the authorities, so this number is equivalent to about 34.3% of the total number of victims reported throughout the year.
As of March 15 of 2014, kidnapping seemed to be under control in Venezuela, but after the second fortnight of March and as of April 22, the situation has changed.
Known cases this year indicate captivity periods are tending to increase. Gangs are getting more and more organized and have better logistics, and migrate from express kidnapping to conventional kidnapping, lasting more than one day, according to current legal standards.
A third of the kidnappings reported this year would fall into the category of conventional. Eight of them have lasted more than one week. The list includes the renowned case of Globovision’s chief of correspondent reporters.
During the month of March, Barlovento was once more used to capture and hide kidnaped victims. As of last Wednesday, law enforcement bodies reported three captive victims in the area.
Source: Noticiero Digital