Venezuela: Kidnapping gangs of Colombians and Venezuelans increase activity

Posted on May 20, 2013 • Filed under: Border Crossings, Expatriates Kidnapped, Latin America, Tourist Kidnapped reports that binational kidnapping gangs made up of Colombians and Venezuelans are spreading from the border states into central Venezuela, fueling a trend that has seen Venezuela overtake Colombia as a kidnapping hotspot. Over the course of a week, Venezuelan courts sentenced seven Colombians and one Venezuelan to prison for kidnapping in the central state of Yaracuy, while an alleged kidnapping gang consisting of four Venezuelans and one Colombian was broken up in the border state of Tachira. Read article

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