Kidnapping and the Haitian society
Due to these challenges the crime rate in Haiti is high. The most rampant crime in the recent past has been kidnapping and the threat is more likely to increase due to inability of the security forces to curb the situation. The Haitian National Police have experienced significant strain in bringing kidnappers to custody. Since the 2006 kidnapping peak period security has been reinforced by the presence of UN-formed police and the UN stabilization forces (MINUSTAH).
Kidnappers in Haiti do it to earn income. They rely on ransom money to earn a living. One of the most vulnerable areas is Cite Soleil slums and one of the kidnappers tells the story, "The situation is hard now. After president Aristede left, I lost my income from him. Now I kidnap and I have killed a lot of people." This is a story of one out of so many kidnappers who negotiate upto $ 4000 before releasing a captive. They worked as hired thugs of dictator Arisitde and since he left they have turned to this new way of life
However, the crime has reduced since its peak in 2006. In that year 60 Americans were kidnapped. In 2010 12 U.S citizens were kidnapped and the number has been reducing. Those kidnapped have reported having been beaten and/or raped.
Kidnapping in Haiti is financially motivated and is currently the most critical security threat in the country. Kidnappers mostly target children.
Leave a ReplyName (required) E-mail (required, will not be published)
Our objective is to share with you news and information about Haiti and the people of Haiti. Traditions, habits and the way we were or grew are alive in this site. We highly recommend that you Subscribe to our Newsletter and also share with us some of the things that are memorable and made us unique people.