Income from Migrant Kidnapping in Mexico

According to the National Commission on Human Rights in Mexico, kidnappers who hold migrants for ransom in the country earn up to $25 Million in a 6 month time period based upon the average ransom paid. The Commission estimates that up to 10,000 migrants are kidnapped and held for ransom in a 6 month period, with the ransom demand being between $1,500 to $5,000 on average.

Source: Sibylla Brodzinsky, “Migrant Kidnappings in Mexico ‘Systemic’,” Insight Crime, May 11, 2012.