Venezuela's Kidnap Cops

Channel 4: Unreported World

Reporter Kiki King and director James Brabazon are granted exclusive access to the Venezuelan police force’s elite Anti-Kidnap Squad as they fight the kidnapping epidemic in Caracas.

More than five people are kidnapped in Venezuela every day.  The country is awash with illegal firearms, with a politicised and barely-functioning judicial system and prisons effectively run by the gangster inmates themselves.

The Unreported World team is allowed to travel with Police Inspector Hector Ramirez – a hardboiled cop leading the Anti-Kidnap Squad.  He’s a telecoms specialist; his main weapons in his battle with the abductors are his 9mm pistol - and the criminal’s own mobile phones.

King and Brabazon join Hector every step of the way as his team speed across Caracas in race against time to free the city’s latest victim – a 27 year-old woman snatched from outside her own home. The kidnappers are demanding a small fortune for her release, but by tracing the calls and tracking the mobile phone signatures that the gang leaves behind, the squad discovers that the kidnapper is already in jail for murder. 

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