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The Kidnapping Business

Is kidnapping really that lucrative, and why are some countries, such as Mexico, plagued by the crime?

Is kidnapping really that lucrative, and why are some countries, such as Mexico, plagued by the crime?

Ed Butler speaks to one kidnap victim from Mexico City, as well as Ioane Grillo, a journalist based there who has spent years studying the phenomenon. Kidnapping consultant Carlos Seoane explains what to do if you receive that dreaded phone call announcing that a loved one has been taken hostage. And Anja Shortland of Kings College London talks us through the logic behind kidnap insurance.

(Picture: A woman sits on a dirt road near Tijuana in Mexico after crashing her car while fleeing from would-be kidnappers; Credit: The Washington Post/
contributor/Getty Images)

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Thu 21 Jun 2018 07:32GMT

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