A study reported that kidnappings in Colombia have increased 30% from the same period last year, El Espectador reported Friday.
The Fundacion Pais Libre issued a report showing that the total number of kidnappings for the first half of this year was 30% greater than the number of abductions last year for the same period.
Foundation director Olga Lucia Gomez said that the kidnappings occurred largely in rural areas where large construction projects are undertaken by multinationals. The departments of Meta, Norte de Santander and Nariño were most affected by abductions this year.
Kidnappings in Colombia from 1990 until 2010