Kidnapping can be a low-rent crime, since it requires little in the way of infrastructure. A gun, a vehicle and a hiding place mean you can be in business. Voila! People-snatching has grown in popularity in Mexico, which is #2 in kidnapping per capita in the world, right behind Colombia.
In February, 13-year-old Clay Moore of Parrish, Florida, was grabbed by Mexican Vicente Beltran-Moreno at a school bus stop in a kidnap-for-ransom plot (Mexico’s Kidnap Culture Appears in Florida). Fortunately Clay was resourceful enough to escape his captivity, but the crime was an indicator of Mexicans' third-world criminal preferences appearing in America.
Another devolutionary marker is the current kidnapping case in San Diego. Five Hispanic non-citizens snatched a man for cash in the Mexican style. Kidnapping for ransom was practically unheard of in the United States until now, when treasonous Washington has dissolved national borders and sovereignty for money and influence.
Five men pleaded not guilty Wednesday to charges of kidnapping and torture in what prosecutors said was a sophisticated kidnap-for-ransom ring.
The five were involved in the kidnapping of Eduardo Gonzalez Tostado, 32, whose family paid $200,000 in ransom, said San Diego Deputy District Attorney Mark Amador. [Five men charged with kidnap for ransom San Jose Mercury News 6/20/07]
This turn of events was easy to predict because of the earlier reports of Mexicans "moving" to southern California to escape the escalating crime wave in Mexico. Of course, they just brought their criminal culture with them, along with their famous enchiladas.