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On Saturday, Haiti National Police spokesman Gary Desrosiers confirmed that a 45-year-old French citizen was abducted in Port-au-Prince on May 27.

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Several heavily armed men forced the victim into a vehicle when she arrived at her accommodation around 5:00 p.m. Some neighbors tried to arrest the kidnappers, who nevertheless managed to flee.

Desrosiers said the victim is a computer consultant who regularly travels to Haiti for work but declined to provide further details about him.

Kidnappings are common in Haiti, where armed gangs vie for control of neighborhoods. In 2021, human rights organizations registered at least a thousand abductees. Nevertheless, they warned that the number of cases could be higher because many victims are afraid to report their attackers.

Gangs often release their victims after receiving huge ransoms, with which they buy weapons and ammunition. In other cases, however, the release of abductees depends on the intervention of the security forces.

On Saturday, for example, Haitian police freed four kidnapped people, including two children under the age of 10, in the Tabarre neighborhood of Port-au-Prince.

In addition to killing the kidnappers, officers confiscated a vehicle, two state service tags and handcuffs during the rescue operation.

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