According to the spokesperson for the Haitian police, the kidnapping occurred in the middle of the day in a residential neighborhood in the city. Gary Desrosiers announced that the police were informed about the kidnapping of a French citizen yesterday, but did not provide details about the victim.
Since decades, the gangs have ruled the poorest areas of Port-au-Prince. They have expanded their control in recent years. The criminal gangs will attack the people if they clash first to expand their influence.
In Port-au-Prince's northern neighborhoods, where there are frequent clashes between rival groups, at least 148 people were murdered between late April and May. Every day, gangs kidnap residents from all socioeconomic classes and demand ransoms for thousands to even tens or thousands of dollars.
Two French clerics were taken hostage by one of the most powerful gangs of the country in April 2021. They were traveling with a group of 10 people and held captive for three weeks. The gang controls the area between Port-au-Prince, the border, and Port-au-Prince. With the Dominican Republic.