Thursday, January 17, 2008

Kidnapping: An Occupational Hazard Faced by Drug and Immigrant Smugglers

Every occupation has its drawbacks. You probably think that they need to worry about shooting it out with rival gangs in turf wars. But there has been a rash of kidnappings in Phoenix. You can read about it in Kidnappings cross the border. Here is an exerpt:

"The kidnap victims are typically drug- or immigrant-smugglers, who are seen as inviting targets because they have a lot of money, they can raise large sums of cash on short notice, and they are unlikely to go to the police, for fear their own shady dealings will come to light."

I guess this is the high price of success. Many cases go unreported. Apparently the victims' families don't want to call the police. So they are more of a target and they can't go the authorities.


Champ said...

This kidnapping thing sort of goes along with the line of business. They should expect it at least some time carrying all that money and/or merchandise.

Heather said...

This is a common practice in Iraq by insurgents as well. The difference is that people are not being kidnapped because they are drug or immigrant smugglers, they are kidnapped based on their religious beliefs and social status.

The main difference in Iraq is that family members don't go to the authorities in the majority of cases because they are scared of retribution. In the cases where it is reported to the authorities, they may not do anything because of their own fear of retribution, or they may be involved already, and working with the kidnappers themselves.

It is somewhat scary that kidnapping is becoming lucrative here in the U.S.

Cyril Morong said...

Thank you both for commenting.

I agree that the drug and immigrant smugglers should expect this. I have no sympathy for them.

Heather, thanks for the insights on Iraq. That is really tragic.