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In Mexico: A Kidnapping, a Negotiation, then an 'Escape'

In Mexico: A Kidnapping, a Negotiation, then an 'Escape'

A criminal group in Mexico reportedly kidnapped a prison director and his son to use as a bargaining chip for the release of two of the group's members, a stark demonstration of the control criminal groups wield over the country's prisons.

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