Chapter 11. The Business of Kidnap for Ransom

  1. David Canter Professor
  1. Everard Phillips PhD

Published Online: 17 DEC 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9780470744499.ch11

The Faces of Terrorism: Multidisciplinary Perspectives

The Faces of Terrorism: Multidisciplinary Perspectives

How to Cite

Phillips, E. (2009) The Business of Kidnap for Ransom, in The Faces of Terrorism: Multidisciplinary Perspectives (ed D. Canter), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470744499.ch11

Editor Information

  1. University of Huddersfield, UK

Author Information

  1. University of Liverpool, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 17 DEC 2009
  2. Published Print: 15 FEB 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470753804

Online ISBN: 9780470744499

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Keywords:

  • business of kidnap for ransom;
  • kidnapping for ransom - examined as a business;
  • distinction drawn - independent operators kidnapping for money and groups, access to kidnapping network;
  • independent operators - choosing only to ransom for small amounts of cash;
  • Post-war Iraq - reports of children, doctors, businessmen and foreign contractors kidnapped for ransom;
  • kidnapping for ransom - criminal activities by groups funding for terrorism, insurgency and other crimes;
  • relationship between market-based criminal activities and kidnap for ransom;
  • Argentinean group Ejercito de Revolucion Popular (ERP) - extorting $3 million worth of 500 peso notes;
  • trafficking, smuggling and kidnap for ransom overlapping;
  • Chechen business model - extreme of all kidnapping business models of modern time

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Defining Kidnap for Ransom a Profit-driven Crime

  • Conclusion

  • References