Venezuela's economy has deteriorated under president Nicolas Maduro's leadership, and thousands have fled the country during the political and economic crisis over the past decade. The economic crisis has manifested in a shortage of food, fuel, and basic commodities, which is driving anti-government sentiment and opposition protests on the streets. The crime rate has continued to rise, and kidnapping, especially express kidnapping, has become a key component of the crime landscape. 

At least 70% of all kidnapping activity in Venezuela are express kidnaps.

Express kidnapping happens when victims are profiled on an opportunistic basis, and due to the severe economic situation in Venezuela, criminals are demanding high ransoms that are difficult to withdraw on short notice. In this episode of On-Air with WorldAware, find out what signature aspects of kidnappings you should be aware of and how your organization can mitigate its threat exposure.  



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