World Kidnapping Statistics  

In the United States, a child is abducted every 40 seconds as per the statistics presented by the United States Missing Children.

Children of the age group 4 to 11 years are half the number of the total reported abductions. Almost 500,000 kidnappings go unreported. Data from FBI’s National Crime Information Centre show that the total number of the persons missing has risen by 468 percent from 1982 to 2000, and there has been a 100 percent increase in the last six years.


Here are some of the statistics on world kidnapping:

  • Each year more than 30,000 kidnappings take place worldwide. This is the reported number of the kidnappings.
  • Haiti ranks first in the ten riskiest places in the world that experiences the most number of kidnappings, while Mexico stands second.
  • Over 55 percent of the total kidnaps take place in Latin America.
  • There is an increase in the number of kidnaps every year. According to the statistics there has been tremendous increase of almost more than 100 percent in the number of people missing every year.
  • There is an increase in the average ransom payments every year. The average ransom ranges in between $500 to $100 million.
  • Almost 70 percent of the total numbers of kidnappings that take place worldwide get resolved by paying the ransom amount.
  • The number of victims who get rescued is almost 10 percent of the total
  • About 21 percent of the victims are left without ransom as the abductors/perpetrators feel that no ransom will be paid for their release.

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World Kidnapping Statistics

Definition-Of-Kidnapping      Kidnapping is the act of taking away or detaining a person without his/her consent or will and this is done by fraud or force. The kidnapped person is kept in a confined room or a false imprisonment (intentionally detaining the victim). Kidnapping is generally done for ransom. In common law, kidnapping includes: taking away a minor, without his/her consent, without any lawful excuse. In recent years, kidnapping done by partners and parents (in association with child custody) accounts for more number of kidnapping cases than kidnapping by strangers. More..




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