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Thursday, July 21, 2005

Express kidnappings

NAFTA is really working out for Mexico. A leading futbol coach was just abducted in Mexico City:
Heavily armed kidnappers snatched the Argentine coach of one of Mexico's biggest soccer teams in broad daylight, a brash abduction that put new pressure on authorities to contain growing violent crime.

Police admitted on Wednesday they had few clues about who kidnapped Ruben Omar Romano, coach of first division Cruz Azul, by blocking a road and grabbing him from his car on Tuesday after a training session in the south of Mexico City.
Mexico ranks second in the world for kidnappings after war-hit Colombia, where many abductions are political, not purely criminal, according to Mexican victims' groups.

The country is also known for "express kidnappings," an abduction in which the victim is either taken to bank cash machines and forced to take money out or driven around while relatives are told to pay up, often the same day.

As coach of one of Mexico's top clubs, Romano could earn a monthly salary of up to $100,000, a fortune in a country where many live in poverty.
Here's a nit-picky question: Why does Reuters need to get information on the motives of Colombian kidnappers from Mexican victims' groups?