Expert: Mexico’s Kidnapping Industry Extremely Lucrative – not Likely to End

“Kidnapping, one of the crimes that concerns Mexicans the most, is such a lucrative industry for criminals and police that there is little likelihood of seeing it reduced, journalist and writer Humberto Padgett says in his new book “Jauria.”

“Everybody makes money, except the family that sees its daily life fatally interrupted,” the journalist, who spent two years investigating kidnappers and police, as well as speaking with victims, said.

Nearly three kidnappings per day, according to official figures, are committed in Mexico.

A total of 1,181 kidnapping cases were reported last year, up 40 percent from 2008 and nearly double the level in 2006.”


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