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About Tourism and Kidnapping

By Victoria Harding

tourism and kidnapping Today tourism is growing 20 percent faster than the global economy and tourists are the main target for abduction. In some countries kidnapping now carries the death penalty, so when an abduction does take place, the criminals go all out because kidnappers can only die once. In the 1990s, as many as 30,000 people have been kidnapped worldwide. The kidnappers seem to be getting the better end of the bargain, in some countries only 10-30 percentage of kidnappings are reported, and the pay off for the bad guys is hundreds of millions of dollars every year!


-When traveling overseas, don't wear a lot of jewelry or insignias that represent the US or US companies. Also dress down as much as possible.
-Try to change your routine frequently through out your trip.
-It's a good idea to avoid public transportation or expensive cars with foreign or diplomatic tags.
-Never book hotels or make reservations in restaurants in your company's name.


-Make copies of all itineraries, passports, credit cards, and important travel information and leave them with someone at home.
-If a relative is abducted overseas call the local embassy.
-If kidnapped remain calm and alert especially in the beginning and end for that is when terrorists are tense and may behave irrationally.
-Do not struggle or try to escape unless certain of success.
-Avoid direct eye contact
-Try not to consume any food or drink offered unless absolutely necessary.
-Cooperate, speak normally and do not complain.

When traveling, it is always necessary that you expect the unexpected and always remain alert for the safety of you and your family.

Safe Travels!

Kidnapping: in law, the taking away of a person by force, threat, or deceit, with intent to cause him to be detained against his will. Kidnapping may be done for ransom or for political or other purposes. A parent whose legal rights to custody of a child have been revoked can be guilty of the crime for taking the child. Consent of a kidnapped person is a defense, unless given by one legally incompetent at the time (e.g., a minor or a mentally ill person). The crime differs from abduction, in that the intent of sexual intercourse is not required, and from false imprisonment, in which there is no attempt to abduct. Under common law kidnapping was only a misdemeanor , but in most states of the United States it is now punishable by death or life imprisonment if there are no extenuating circumstances. The kidnapping and murder of the son of Charles A. Lindbergh in 1932 led to a federal statute prescribing severe penalties for transporting the victims of kidnapping across state or national boundaries. The practice of kidnapping, in the wider and not strictly legal sense, has been known since the beginnings of history. It was common as a method for procuring slaves, and it has also been employed by brigands and revolutionaries to obtain money through ransom or to hold hostages whose safe release was dependent on the freeing of political prisoners.

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