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Correspondent Friday, 13 September, 2002, 14:06 GMT 15:06 UK
Kidnapped in Colombia
Lady reading a ransom note
Ransom demands are usually extortionate
Bogotá is the kidnap capital of the world.

Two thirds of all kidnappings anywhere on earth take place in Colombia - and the families of victims are bled dry to meet ransom demands.

But even if they do pay up, there's no guarantee the missing relative will be returned.

The kidnappers are often political rebels, but now criminal gangs are moving in on this lucrative "business" and their targets are random.

Anyone with anything faces abduction.

Guy Smith's film tells the story of three ordinary families whose lives are left in limbo after their loved ones have been kidnapped in Colombia.

Kidnapped in Colombia: Sunday 22 September 2002 on BBC Two at 1915 BST

Reporter: Guy Smith
Editor: Karen O'Connor
Deputy Editor: David Belton

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