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Study shows majority of kidnappings in five Mexico states

According to a newly released study, more than half of the kidnapping cases in Mexico are concentrated within five states.

The study, Incidence of High Impact Crimes prepared by the National Citizen Observatory, reports that during 2017, a total of 4,885 investigations were registered for the illegal deprivation of liberty or kidnapping.

The highest recorded incidences of kidnappings originated from the state of Mexico, with 282 cases in 2017. Not far behind was Veracruz with 242 reported cases followed by Tamaulipas with 151 kidnappings in that year.

Mexico City also made the list of having a high rate of kidnappings with a reported 98 cases, while Tabasco came in as the fifth highest with police registering 94 kidnapping cases during 2017. The report details that of those kidnapped, 72 percent were male and 24.47 percent, female with the balance not being identified by sex.

Francisco Rivas, director of the National Citizen Observatory says, “Mexico is going through one of the worst crises of violence of the last 20 years. This is an aspect that worries us since the main reason for kidnapping is extortion.”

He says that of the five states noted for their high rates of kidnapping cases, they make up 57.4 percent of the nation’s total.

“In terms of kidnapping, the research portfolio rate we think will close at .94 victims per 100,000 inhabitants,” Rivas said.

He added that when it comes to femicides or violence against women, there were 3,275 homicides in 2017 and only 21.46 percent of them investigated as femicide crimes, adding that it is a worrying pattern of impunity.

He says the rate of femicides per 100,000 people has increased 70 percent since 2015, adding that the places with the highest rates of violence against women include the state of Mexico, Veracruz, Oaxaca, Mexico City, Sinaloa and Jalisco.

“The municipalities with the highest femicide rates are Culiacán, followed by Córdoba, Veracruz, Mazatlan, Cajeme, Sonora and fifth, Xalapa, Veracruz,” he added.

The report indicates that the increase of intentional homicide, extortion and different types of theft highlight the failure of the security strategies implemented so far.