Spanish band Delorean was freed Tuesday after being “virtually kidnapped” in Mexico, a growing trend where kidnappers don't come into physical contact with their victims while families are extorted via phone.
The band released a statement on their Facebook page saying that on the morning of October 7th they received a phone call in their hotel in Mexico City from someone pretending to be a security officer. The band was in the Mexican capital for a planned tour stop.
The four band members were held for 48 hours before the police found them, according to BBC. The kidnappers were originally asking for 300,000 Euros ($405,600 USD) from the bands family members in Spain. They finally ended up asking for 10,000 Euros ($13,520 USD), reports El Pais.
Kidnappings are a big problem in Mexico. In 2012 the country saw 105,628 kidnappings, according to a survey by the National Institute of Statistics and Geography, a government agency. Yet of these, only 1,317 cases were reported to police.
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Dominican Republic: 25 per 100,000
Dominican feminist activists hold placards as they protest against the murders of women, in front of the National Congress in Santo Domingo on July 12, 2012 during the day of national mourning against femicide. Between January and June 2012, there have been 108 women killed in the Dominican Republic, according to the organizations involved in the matter.
Puerto Rico: 26.2 per 100,000
The U.S. territory <a href="http://latino.foxnews.com/latino/news/2011/11/16/puerto-rico-murder-rate-ties-record/">broke the record for most homicides</a> in its history in 2011.
Bahamas: 27.4 per 100,000
It may be a tourist paradise, but it's got a higher murder rate than Mexico.
Colombia: 31.4 per 100,000
A man walks by a picture of an assassinated member of the Patriotic Union political party at Bolivar Square in Bogota, Colombia, on October 18, 2012, during a tribute to victims of Colombia's armed conflict. The Patriotic Union, was a leftist Colombian political party founded by the leftist FARC guerrilla and the Colombian Communist Party in 1985, as part of the peace negotiations that the guerrillas held with the Conservative Belisario Betancur administration. Their leaders were systematically gunned down by right-wing death squads linked to the Colombian military. Colombia's government and leftist FARC rebels Thursday formally launched peace talks in Norway aimed at ending nearly five decades of a conflict that has claimed hundreds of thousands of lives.
Trinidad and Tobago: 35.2 per 100,000
In this June 2, 2011 file photo, Jack Warner gestures during a news conference held shortly after his arrival at the airport in Port-of-Spain, in Trinidad and Tobago. Warner, currently the National Security Minister, has forbidden police to release crime reports and statistics, saying that such information encourages people to commit more crime. (AP Photo/Shirley Bahadur, File)
St. Kitts and Nevis: 38.2 per 100,000
This Sept. 23, 2011 file photo, shows an aerial view of the Caribbean island of St. Kitts. The Caribbean region is facing hard times as an escalating arms race among criminal gangs has turned once-peaceful neighborhoods into battle zones. Jamaica chalked up 1,428 killings in 2010 and St. Kitts and Nevis, a two-island federation of nearly 50,000 people, tallied 31 homicides by September 2011, making it the bloodiest year on record.
Belize: 41.4 per 100,000
Belize's elite team members participate in the 2011 Commando Forces competition in San Salvador, on June 21, 2011. Twenty five teams from countries in the hemisphere also participated to prepare elite forces to fight terrorism and organized crime in Latin America. AFP PHOTO/Jose CABEZAS (Photo credit should read Jose CABEZAS/AFP/Getty Images)
Guatemala: 41.4 per 100,000
In this picture taken Tuesday Feb. 7, 2012, neighbors gather to watch investigators work a crime scene where a man was shot to death in Guatemala City. President Otto Pérez Molina will meet on Monday with El Salvador's President Mauricio Funes to address issues related to regional security and how to coordinate their fight against organized crime. Perez has blamed the drug cartels for the high levels of violence in his country of 13 million overrun by gangs and the Mexican cartels, with a rate of 41 homicides per 100,000 inhabitants, nearly three times that of neighboring Mexico.
Venezuela: 45.1 per 100,00
In this photo taken Friday, June 1, 2012, a municipal police officer checks the identification of two men while on night patrol in Caracas,Venezuela. The government says more than 14,000 people were killed in Venezuela last year, giving the country a murder rate of 50 per 100,000 people and making it one of the most violent countries in Latin America and the world. The murder rate has more than doubled since 1998, when Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez was first elected.
Detroit: 51 per 100,000
Livingston Prosecuting Attorney David Morse speaks to reporters following the arraignment for Ruelie Casteel, the suspect in multiple shootings on Interstate 96 last month in Howell, Mich., on Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012. Detroit has one of the highest murder rates in the United States, at 51 per 100,000, <a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20111113/NEWS01/110131031/Living-murder-Interactive-map-breakdown-lives-lost-violence-Detroit-since-03">according to the Detroit Free Press</a>.
Jamaica: 52.2 per 100,000
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El Salvador: 64.7 per 100,000
In this July 22, 2012 photo, inmates belonging to the M-18 gang stand inside the prison in Quezaltepeque , El Salvador. Six months after El Salvador brokered an historic truce between two rival gangs to curb the nation's daunting homicide rate, officials are split over whether the truce is working. The gangs, which also operate in Guatemala and Honduras, are seeking truce talks in those countries as well.
Honduras: 82.1 per 100,000
A man in a neighborhood with heavy gang violence is searched by police on July 20, 2012 in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. Honduras now has the highest per capita murder rate in the world and its capital city, Tegucigalpa, is plagued by violence, poverty, homelessness and sexual assaults. With an estimated 80% of the cocaine entering the United States shipped through Honduras, the violence on the streets is a spillover from the rise in narco-trafficking.