Kidnap & Ransom – The Book
Kidnapping is a crime that has been around since mankind first learned to walk and I expect will be around for as long as mankind exists, in some form. The crime of kidnapping is a very much a gateway crime that on a basic level involves violence, extortion and in many cases sexual assault. When dealing in the emerging markets the criminals that are usually involved in kidnap for ransom are professional, organized to some degree and ruthless; extreme violence is a part of life and 1st world problems are not considered problems, to put it politely
Hollywood and the TV industry have sanitized and glamorized the K&R business and sadly seems to have set the standard for what, overall is an industry that is based on testosterone and James Bond driven fantasies. The reality is this could not be further from the truth, the insurance salesmen and their representatives prefer nice comfortable hotels with room service rather than getting their boots and hands dirty. It’s an industry whose base objective is to suck money out of people who are in desperate situations. From my firsthand knowledge of kidnapping situations in the Caribbean, Former USSR, Latin America and West Africa all I can say is it’s a very dirty business, on all sides!
Over the past two decades kidnapping for ransom and hostage taking have become a booming multimillion dollar business. You need to remember that only the high-profile cases make the mainstream media, if an American is kidnapped in Syria, it’s a big deal, if an Syrian is kidnapped, nobody bats an eye. If a blond American girl goes missing while on holiday its front-page news, in contrast no-one knows and very few care about how many girls have disappeared in places like Mexico.
The aim of this book is to show you some of the realities of the kidnap and ransom business and give some basic information on what you can do to make yourself a harder target.