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Kidnapping

Kidnapping

A taboo subject not spoken about enough

When one thinks of kidnapping the first thing that comes to mind is Liam Neesan in the movie Taken.  Most surprising and sobering realisation is that the majority of these portrayals in cinema have been inspired by real-life events. 

 

Unfortunately, it is still treated as taboo and not spoken about widely.

 

The popularity and growth of social media as additional channels to create greater and stronger awareness are ideal to outline the dangers and realities around kidnapping, and should be extensively leveraged.

 

The more people know about it, the fewer incidents will occur almost daily in some parts of the world, due to heightened awareness.

"Defined as false imprisonment by means of abduction, both of which are separate crimes that when committed simultaneously upon the same person merges as the single crime of kidnapping."

Wikipedia

A paradigm shift is required in society to depart from an Us and Them problem, to We are all affected by this form of criminal activities.  Many lives are being altered and destroyed as a result.  The growing numbers in cases are testimony the prevalence of kidnapping and human trafficking across the globe.

 

Today it might be something that you read or hear about in the news.  The following week it can be a neighbour or a family member who has been affected.  Soon you might be reflected in the statistics as this issue is becoming bigger by the day to ignore and treated as someone else’s’ problem.  IT AFFECTS US ALL; our vigilance will contribute towards the fight to eliminate or at least reduce the number of kidnapping instances from our society.

Kidnapping is part of strategic, highly professional and organised crime syndicates.  These individuals are decidedly experienced, and they focus exclusively on this format of the crime trade.  Like most criminal activities it includes a fusion of men and women in their sophisticated networks to ensure their operations have merchandise (people) to trade and keep going.

 

Kidnapping is part of strategic, highly professional and organised crime syndicates.  These individuals are decidedly experienced, and they focus exclusively on this format of the crime trade.  Like most criminal activities it includes a fusion of men and women in their sophisticated networks to ensure their operations have merchandise (people) to trade and keep going.

The kidnapping cycle is extremely complex and consists of various components and variables, which need to be unpacked to appreciate its intensity and complexity.

 

All people are affected directly or indirectly.  More specifically, the family of the person who has been kidnap and disappeared without a trace.  Great levels of anxiety regarding the health, the conditions where the victim is being held, the status of whether the person/s are still alive and their state of mind.

 

We will elaborate more in our next edition on the victim and their ordeals.

 

This unlawful detention of people against their will; is no longer something which can be ignored or turned a blind eye. 

As we explore the topic further we will unpack the ransom money, which is normally associated with the act and the country’s leading with the number of cases of kidnapping.  Furthermore, our coverage will also touch on the various different forms and motives behind this criminal act of kidnapping.

 

BECOME MORE EMPOWERED AND AWARE

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