Regional Summaries

Incidents of kidnap and ransom (K&R) reported over the month of June reflected established trends. While abductions occurred in the USA and other developed countries, most incidents remained confined to countries that are; underdeveloped, have security issues, armed conflict and organised crime. Groups continue to use K&R as a means of steady and quick funding; often targeting wealthy individuals such as businesspeople, or young children. Incidents of virtual kidnapping and ransoms being paid via bitcoin continue to be reported, due to the autonomy of the crime, numbers will likely increase.

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