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Express kidnapping (Spanish: secuestro exprés, Portuguese: sequestro relâmpago), is a method of abduction where a small immediate ransom is demanded, often by the victim being forced to withdraw money from his or her ATM account.
Known in the US since at least 1986, they are more commonly associated with urban areas of Latin America, such as Mexico, Venezuela, Peru, Brazil, Colombia and Argentina. In some parts of Latin America, express kidnappings known as a millionaire tour (in Spanish paseo millonario) involve an innocent taxi cab passenger and a criminal driver, who stops to pick up associates. The passenger is taken to a variety of ATMs, and forced to "max out" their bank card at each.
This type of kidnapping does not require much experience or preparation and is suspected of being committed by inexperienced criminals more often than not. Target hostages are held anywhere from an hour to several hours and are usually in the middle socioeconomic class, small-business owners, or anyone with easily accessible funds. This modality gained popularity for the reason that laws became stricter over the years and criminals started to look for more common and easier targets to avoid detection.
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