Big Rise in Colombia Kidnapping
News from Colombia |
on: Wednesday, 20 October 2010
The Colombian Government has admitted that kidnappings have increased by 27% so far this year with over 200 cases being registered between January and September alone. According to the new data, some months, including March and August, saw an average of more than one person being kidnapped each day with common criminals being held responsible for the majority of the cases.
Whilst a complete breakdown of the victims has not been made available, several foreigners are among those taken. These include Swiss citizen Manuela Frankausser who was kidnapped in January in the north coast region of La Guajira, Japanese citizen Masao Tustsui who was taken in March, and an unidentified US citizen kidnapped from the city of Cali in February.