Kidnappings in Mexico reach unprecedented level

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So far in the administration of President Enrique Peña Nieto, there have been 6,235 kidnappings in Mexico, exceeding the 4,955 registered for the same period of the previous administration…

El Universal newspaper reports that in the last four years and ten months, there’s been 6,235 kidnappings in Mexico, which exceed the 4,955 registered for the same period during the administration of Felipe Calderón. However, the upwards tendency of this crime could well surpass the 6,582 kidnappings which took place during the administration of the former National Action Party (PAN) president.

The director of the National Citizen Observatory, Francisco Rivas,
said the insecurity situation the country is living could “break the
record” of kidnappings during the current administration.

PHOTO: El Universal

He recalled that 2013 was the worst year in the history of Mexico for
this crime, and warned that we could go back to those levels, despite
the considerable effort of the anti-kidnapping units of local

He said authorities are not attacking the financial structures of these
criminal groups which allow the kidnappers to regroup and continue
operating despite the number of members arrested.

“I think we’ll continue with this problem during the remainder of this
administration because we haven’t seen a change in the security
strategy that can make us believe we’ll have greater control of the
territory,” Rivas said.

In January 2014, given the increase of kidnapping cases, Enrique
Peña Nieto created the National Commission against Kidnapping (CONASE) and according to this organization, the Federal Government allocated MXN$2, 268 billion this year to fight this crime.

Nevertheless, Miranda de Wallace claims local governments have
failed because of a lack of investment in the training of anti-kidnapping

The activist has asked the Federal Government to focus its efforts on
the states of Tamaulipas, State of Mexico, Veracruz, Guerrero,
Mexico City, Tabasco, and Michoacán – which have the highest
kidnapping rates.