The Mexican Attorney General’s Office said Friday that it is prepared to pay up to 16.5 billion pesos ($1.23 billion) in rewards for information leading to the rescue of 11 kidnapping victims and the arrests of their captors.
One of the cases covered by the offer is the Oct. 28, 2010, abduction of three college students and another person in the northern state of Nuevo Leon.
The AG’s office is also seeking tips in the kidnappings of four brothers in two separate incidents more than two years apart.
Two of the siblings were grabbed on Aug. 29, 2008, in the southern Pacific state of Guerrero, while the other two were abducted on Sept. 22, 2010, in the Gulf coast state of Veracruz.
The remaining reward money is earmarked for a December 2010 case involving three drug-rehabilitation patients sent to the northern border city of Matamoros who never reached their destination.
Mexico experiences an average of six kidnappings per day, according to official statistics, while independent groups say the true figure is 49 a day and that only one in 10 abductions is reported to authorities.
The Mexican Congress passed a law last December that establishes prison terms of up to 70 years for kidnapping.