A human rights organization that helps persecuted Christians around the world says more and more Coptics are being kidnapped in Egypt.
International Christian Concern says Christians in Upper Egypt continue to be targeted by gangs for kidnapping and extortion.
ICC spokesman Issac Six says ICC documented 97 kidnappings last year and predicts they will climb to more than 100 this year.
The most recent kidnapping for ransom case took place October 21 involving a 5-year-old. The boy's father was able to gather about $5,500 in U.S. money to pay the ransom and get his son back.
There are many other cases, says the ICC spokesman, in which ransom money was paid and the kidnapped person was later found dead or severely injured.
Coptic Christians in Egypt gained attention earlier this year when ISIS members kidnapped Coptics in Libya and executed the migrant workers for their faith.
ICC says Egyptian authorities know about the kidnappings and sometimes even know the identities of the kidnappers.
"But there's just no political will there to make a difference," he says. "So I think it's important for us to raise attention to it."