12 Jul 2013 11:19

SANTO DOMINGO, July 4 (BERNAMA-NNN-XINHUA) -- Officials from Haiti and the United States have agreed to expand anti-crime cooperation, particularly in capturing Haitian kidnappers taking refuge abroad, according to reports monitored here.

They have also agreed to strengthen search for U.S. criminals hiding in Haiti so they can be turned over to the U.S. authorities, Haitian General Prosecutor Lucmane Delille said Wednesday.

Haiti is struggling with violent crimes such as drug trafficking, kidnapping and organised crime.

From May 2012 to May 2013, there were 72 kidnappings, some of which ended fatally, and more than 1,000 homicides, according to the National Network for the Protection of Human Rights.

The organisation said children, police officers, foreigners and members of the UN peacekeeping troops in Haiti are vulnerable to violent robberies, homicides and kidnappings.

The UN issued a report last August, saying that after several months of stability, crime has increased again in Haiti's capital Port-au-Prince and other cities.