Hundreds of people marched through Caracas, the Venezuelan capital, to protest the growing number of kidnappings in this increasingly violent nation.
The protesters demanded tougher government action against kidnappings and the swift return of missing loved ones.
"We can no longer remain silent. We are constantly at the mercy of delinquents," said Carmen Tamayo, an office worker.
Forty-one people were reported kidnapped in Venezuela during the first six months of the year, compared with 39 in all of 2000.
Seventeen abductees are currently being held for ransom.