Kidnappings in Mexico up by 9 percent

The number of kidnappings in Mexico grew by 9.1 percent in the first five months of the year, according to figures published this week.
The statistics, from the anti-kidnapping branch of the attorney general’s office (Procuraduria General de la Republica, PGR, in Spanish), will serve to justify the fear currently gripping the country over insecurity and high crime levels. A march is planned at the end of the month in Mexico City to protest the rising level of crime and public insecurity.
The discovery earlier this month of the bullet-ridden body of a 14-year-old kidnap victim prompted a public outcry in Mexico as kidnappings rise and drug-related violence takes a heavy toll on the civilian population.
Read the rest of this post, written for La Plaza, here.

By Deborah Bonello

Deborah Bonello, a.k.a MexicoReporter.com reports in video, words and photos to an English-language audience. She is currently developing her own video programme MRTV and freelances for the British media from her base in Mexico City. She believes in the power of the internet to change, not destroy, the media.

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