Bolivia: Kidnappers Use Deception Over Violence
By Dialogo April 01, 2011
Kidnappers in La Paz, Bolivia, have traded in their violent tactics for more deceptive means to lure in victims, according to Lt. Everth Cossío of the Special Forces Against Crime Unit. Criminals deceive victims by posing as government authorities, using fake taxicabs equipped with altered locks to impede the victims’ escape from the vehicle. Despite a reduced number of express kidnapping statistics in the past five months, kidnappings continue to pose a threat to citizen security in Bolivia.