The main conflict in News of a Kidnapping, which opens in Bogotá, Colombia, in November 1990, revolves around the kidnapping of Maruja Pachón de Villamizar and her sister-in law, Beatriz Villamizar de Guerrero. Their abduction is part of a series of high-profile abductions launched by the Pablo Escobar drug cartel, which began the past August. The drug cartel is attempting to change a new governmental policy that could lead to their extradition to the United States should they surrender to Colombian authorities. These drug traffickers are collectively known as the Extraditables.
News of a Kidnapping