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Kidnappings — México

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Kidnappings for ransom in México have been well publicized. México holds the dubious honor of being second only to Colombia in kidnappings. Hollywood has even produced a major film Man on Fire based on the topic and set in México City and starring the actor Denzel Washington. Usually a family member of a wealthy Méxican is kidnapped and held hostage until a ransom is paid. Tourists are never the targets of kidnappings for ransom. Kidnappers are interested in the path of least resistance to a big payoff. They're aware enough to know that most tourists don't have wealthy families who can pay a big ransom. And even if a tourist is clearly affluent, the logistics of getting the money in to the country is just too complicated, especially when there are lots of easier local marks to be had.

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