Kidnap and Ransom

News, information and statistics about kidnap for ransom activities. Data about the security threat is collected from intelligence reports, security companies, kidnap for ransom insurance brokers, hostage negotiators and other public information.

Global premiums paid for Kidnapping for Ransom insurance polices totals to $300 Million.

Roughly three-quarters of Fortune 500 companies carry some form of kidnapping for ransom insurance.

Source: Nicholas Schmidle, “The Hostage Business,” New York Times, December 6, 2009.

The average demand in kidnapping for ransom cases in Nigeria ranged between $700,000 to $3 Million in the first half of 2009. Negotiations are usually able to bring down the actual ransom payments.

Over 500 people were abducted in kidnapping for ransom cases in Nigeria during those six months.

Source: Aderogba Obisesean, “Now it’s not just oil workers under threat from Nigeria’s kidnappers,” Telegraph, October 28, 2009.

Kidnapping for ransom in Central America victimized 10,000 migrants between 2006 and 2009.

Source:  Tracy Wilkinson, “Mexico town split over Central American drifters,” Los Angeles Times, October 15, 2009.


A nonprofit organization in Mexico states that up to 500 people are kidnapped every month in Mexico in 2009.

The Federal Government of Mexico officials reports that around 97 people are kidnapped each month in 2009.

Source:  Catherine E. Shoichet, “Victim’s dad: Drug war distracts from kidnapping,” Google News, September 30, 2009.

Kidnapping for ransom in Nigeria generated over $100 Million in payments for kidnappers between 2006 and 2008.

Source:  Gilbert de Costa, “Police Implicated in Nigeria Kidnapping,” VOA News, September 24, 2009.

In the first quarter of 2009, reported kidnapping were up 9 percent over 2008.

The figure is definitely under reported as only 22 percent of citizens report crimes to the police.

Source:  Sara Miller Llana, “A year after Mexico’s massive anticrime protests, few changes,” Christian Science Monitor, August 31, 2009.

Kidnapping for ransom cases increased by over a hundred percent within the last several years in Karachi, Pakistan.

There were 92 cases of kidnapping for ransom in 2008.

64 cases of kidnapping for ransom were reported in 2007, and 28 cases reported in 2006.

Source: Associated Press, “Kidnappings for ransom spike in Pakistan,” Las Vegas Sun, June 6, 2009.

In 2009, many human smuggling operations have turned into kidnap and ransom cases as smugglers attempt to increase their revenues from people wishing to be smuggled.  According to the Washington Post, over 1,000 people have been rescued by US authorities after a family member contacts the police.

It is believed that many do not contact law enforcement due to their illegal immigration status.

Source:  Josh White and Dagny Salas, “Ransom demand puts undocumented residents in a quandary,” Washington Post, August 23, 2009.

Phoenix, Arizona has the more kidnapping and ransom cases than any other cities in the United States, according to federal authorities.

In 2008, police received 366 cases of kidnap and ransom, and 359 cases in 2007.  Phoenix police state that almost all of the victims and suspects has ties to the drug trafficking industry.

Source:  Sam Quinones, “Phoenix, kidnap-for-ransom capital,” Los Angeles Times, February 12, 2009.

According to information compiled by the Guardian Newspaper, 470 children were kidnapped by estranged parents in 2008.  The key season for abductions were during the summer months, where children go away on vacations and never return.

Source:  Helen Pidd, “500 children a year abducted from UK,” Guardian, August 9, 2009.