The Nation: Kidnaping: A Worldwide Increase

Kidnaping, once among the rarest of crimes, has increased sharply within the past decade. In the U.S. in 1964, there was a total of 20 convictions for criminal kidnaping; last year there were 96.

The increase is not limited to the U.S. In Latin America, particularly Argentina, there have been scores of kidnapings by political extremists in the past year. Quite a few of them have netted million-dollar ransoms (one brought $60 million), usually intended for the purchase of terrorist weapons. In Europe, political abductions have multiplied over the past few years in Germany,...

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