Kidnappings surge in Haiti, spiking sixfold in 2021 over the same period last year
Haiti has the most tragic per capita kidnapping rates on Earth. The victims come from every social class and are willing to pay ransoms as low as $100 or as high as six figures. Recorded kidnappings so far this year have spiked sixfold over the same period last year, as criminals nab doctors on their way to work, preachers delivering sermons, entire busloads of people in transit — even police on patrol. So great is the surge that this year, Port-au-Prince is posting more kidnappings in absolute terms than vastly larger Bogotá, Mexico City and São Paulo combined, according to the consulting firm Control Risks.