If you haven’t heard about express kidnappings take heed if you plan to travel outside of the country for business or pleasure.
Praying on tourists and business people, the abduction lasts only a few hours for the purpose of taking victims by gunpoint to ATM machines to rob them for withdrawals. There was even a movie made about it in 2005 called, Secuestro Express – scary.
The origination of this crime is attributed to have started in Latin American countries. Last year, the Deccan Chronicle reported that Mexico is now #1 for reported kidnappings with over 8,000 abductions annually. Last weekend, the Washington Post reported that kidnappings for ransom are also now soaring in Mexico. A trend which is forcing employers and victim’s families to turn to the private sector for help due to a lack of support from Mexican police.
Now here’s the really scary part, Cancun, Mexico, is on the “Spring Break Top Ten” destination list. How can any parent feel confident of their children’s safety in these types of environments?
To be honest, I was unaware of the gravity of the situation until I received some industry literature on it. It was from a company in the ‘private sector’ who provides ransom reimbursement and “crisis response team” coverage to businesses, individuals and families. This type of coverage is also relatively inexpensive; please let me know if you’d like to know more about it.
If you have family or friends travelling to Mexico, please share this link with them: How To Avoid An Express Kidnapping on expatify.com. It is a great read for all travelers.
Kurt Rusch CLU,ChFC