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Mexico No. 2 in world for kidnaps

An anticrime group says the abduction rate is second only to Colombia’s. There is disagreement on victim numbers. The numbers are disputed, but one thing is certain: You are more likely to be abducted in Mexico than almost anywhere else in the world. A report by an anti-crime group says Mexico’s kidnap rate is second only to Colombia’s. And the news gets worse. Take into account that most of Colombia’s kidnappings are committed by politically motivated terrorist groups. Mexico moves to the top of the list in kidnappings that have no other motive than illicit profit, a Mexico City security consultant says. Experts and government officials disagree on the exact number of kidnappings in the country, but they agree that the problem won’t go away unless families stop allowing themselves to be scared into silence and continue paying ransoms. There were 422 kidnappings reported in Mexico in 2003, according to the Citizens’ Council for Public Security and Penal Justice, a business-based group. Though that figure is down from 437 in 2002, the problem isn’t getting any better, spokesman Jose Antonio Ortega said. Full Story

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