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Mexico Kidnappings Exclusive Analysis: Soared 317% since 2005, 3 out of 4 are unreported.

MEXICO CITY – Kidnappings soared 317 percent in Mexico over the past five years, with another 75 percent of cases going unreported, the lower house of Congress said in a report.

“In 2005, less than one kidnapping per day (0.89) was reported, while 3.72 crimes of this type have been reported daily during the first six months of 2010. This represents growth of 317 percent,” the report, based on official figures and other sources, said.

The Chamber of Deputies study, titled “Secuestro: impacto social y caracteristicas del delito” (Kidnapping: Social Impact and Characteristics of the Crime), determined that Mexican officials are involved in the crime.

“A study prepared based on the testimony of different police officers sentenced for kidnapping allows us to identify police agencies with arbitrary practices and in which exist informal groups that control an undetermined group of officers,” the report said.

Of the kidnappers, 22 percent served in the armed forces or worked for state or federal police agencies.

Organized crime groups are involved in an estimated 30 percent of kidnappings.

Figures included in the report, obtained from the Public Safety Secretariat and non-governmental organizations, indicate that the majority of kidnapping victims are young.

About 42 percent of kidnapping victims are…READ MORE HERE.