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This paper examines criminal kidnappings in Mexico City, Mexico. While numerous types of crime are prevalent in Mexico’s capital, kidnapping remains a constant social problem affecting not only wealthy individuals and families, but also members across all types of social class. From the victims and their families, individuals living in fear, to criminal organizations, and local gangs, to the local, state, and federal government, everyone is impacted by this interconnecting social problem. This paper explains how kidnapping for ransom began in Mexico City, how methods of kidnappings have evolved overtime, the different types of kidnapping, and the preventative measures individual citizens, and Mexico City’s local and federal government are taking to combat this crime.



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