At least 142 people were kidnapped in Haiti during the first quarter of the year, according to data from the Center for Analysis and Research in Human Rights (Cardh), an NGO that promotes and defends human rights.
In a document published this Tuesday, it is reported that, of the 142 cases of kidnapping, 27 were registered in March, compared to 50 in February and 65 in January, including the cases of five foreigners for whose freedom a ransom was requested.
“We tend, therefore, to a decrease, but to a considerable increase compared to the first quarter of 2020, in which 51 cases were counted,” said the Cardh.
Among the 27 cases of kidnapping registered in March 2021, there were five girls, two of whom were raped by their captors.
In addition, in the last month there was the murder of two victims of kidnapping, deaths to which must be added that of another minor in an attempted kidnapping.
The increase in kidnappings in Haiti has generated various protests in recent months and, although the authorities have announced measures to combat this criminal practice, indiscriminate abductions continue, as does the general insecurity, especially in Port-au-Prince.
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