Amount of Ransom Paid in Iraq in 2011

in Transnational Crime

Between April and June of 2011, six to seven Iraqis were kidnapped each month. The average ransom paid to the kidnappers was $50,000.

In  Kirkuk Province, there were over 60 reported cases of kidnapping for ransom in 2010. In 2011, 30 cases have been reported in the first 5 months of the year.

Source:  AFP, “Blind date to blindfold: the kidnap business in Iraq,” Google News, August 5, 2011.

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