Top seven countries where you are most likely to be kidnapped

The world can be quite a dangerous place, sometimes for tourists.

Countries with a kidnapping risk

Today’s world can be quite a dangerous place. And for some, these are desperate times. Which is why kidnappers sometimes target tourists, so that they can request ransom money from their families and make a living from crime.

Here are the seven top countries where you are most likely to be kidnapped according to

7. Venezuela
Shortages of basic goods such as water, food, medicine and electricity has led to the country having one of the highest crime rates in the world; armed robbery, murder, kidnapping and carjacking are all common throughout Venezuela. It is estimated that around 2000 people are kidnapped every year, but the Venezuelan government stopped reporting statistics from 2005.

6. Colombia
Colombia isn't as dangerous as it once was, although visiting the country still poses quite a risk for the odd foreign traveller. While the country can be safe if you stick to the tourist hotspots, wandering too far from the beaten track risk increases your significantly. Kidnappers in Colombia mainly target wealthier looking tourists, so dress down.

5. The Philippines
Kidnappings are common throughout the Sulu Archipelago and the southern Sulu Sea. Foreigners are often the targets of these kidnappings. Steer clear of these areas, and you’ll be much safer.

4. India
From kidnapping tourists to kidnapping women and children, India has it covered. Kidnappers aren’t particularly well-organised, so ransoms are usually pretty low.

3. Brazil
Major cities such as Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paolo are the most popular areas for kidnapping. Kidnappers work hard to target rich people, particularly tourists. It is always a good idea to adjust your appearance and do away with any showy items.

2. Haiti
Kidnappers are a lot less picky in Haiti. Just looking less wealthy will not guarantee your protection in Haiti. The country is fine if you stay in your resort, but if you venture beyond the tourism safe zones, you may really be putting yourself at risk.

1. Mexico
Top of the list of countries where you are most likely to be kidnapped is Mexico. Organised crime is rife and tourists are always an attractive target. You may want to especially steer clear of areas such as Tijuana, Juarez or Tampico.

Have you ever travelled to any of these countries? What was your experience?



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    29th Jan 2018
    I have already taken precautions against not going to these places. I have spent all my super.
    29th Jan 2018
    India? Really? I have been going there for the past 10 years up to 4 months at a time and feel safer in India than some places in Australia. The belief in karma by the majority of people there makes India as well as other Asian countries very safe.
    29th Jan 2018
    Worst are the catholic countries, where one can sin and on Sunday absolve oneself in the confession box. Fits with your list, apart from India.
    29th Jan 2018
    The fatter you are, the harder it is to kidnap you, so go ahead and eat that last doughnut!!
    29th Jan 2018
    In Bali, my daughter, when 18, was kidnapped by a taxi driver after being put in to it by her brother. She had gone to a night club with him but decided to go back to our resort early. The taxi driver told her he was "taking her to a party with boys" She jumped out of the taxi as it slowed down to drive into a lane off Kuta beach somewhere. She had taken off her shoes and she ran back to a resort she had noted as they drove past. The resort organised for her to be taken back to our resort. Very scary for all.
    29th Jan 2018
    Bali is now a grubby little hole.
    Polly Esther
    29th Jan 2018
    The reason why Trump wants to build a very strong high fence?

    29th Jan 2018
    550 Australians were kidnapped in AUSTRALIA in 2014.

    Just a handful of Australians were kidnapped in those other 7 countries.

    Therefore Australia is "easily" the most dangerous kidnapping country for Australians.

    Stay away from Australia folks .... oooooooohhhhhhhh!!!!!
    29th Jan 2018
    Bad logic. Look at it on a per capita basis; and other countries don't kidnap only Australians.

    "Stay away from Australia folks .... oooooooohhhhhhhh!!!!!"

    Tell that to wannabe immigrants, please!
    29th Jan 2018
    You're in a better position here if you're kidnapped than somewhere like Mexico where even the police wouldn't give a crap. Kidnappings here are at least investigated swiftly with good public response

    29th Jan 2018
    Common factor: all 3rd-world dumps.
    29th Jan 2018
    There but for the grace of god goes you

    30th Jan 2018
    India really? I have spent over 25 years in India and I don't think India needs to be on this list. I don't know about other countries but India is definitely safer than many many countries. I think the author of this article needs to travel a bit and get some perspective.

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