The number of confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has now topped one million worldwide with more than 72,000 deaths, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO). As businesses face losses from interruptions prompted by lockdowns, there’s another risk on the horizon that’s tied to the outbreak, which is kidnap for ransom.
“Kidnap for ransom can, and does, occur everywhere. That said, for kidnapping to flourish into a pervasive security threat, there are certain prescriptive conditions that are present in most countries where the crime is rife,” said Brittany Damora (pictured), kidnap for ransom specialist at Schillings. “These include impunity, instability, lack of rule of law, pervasive corruption, and absent civil authority. When these elements are combined with the inevitable repercussions of a global pandemic – such as the draining of critical resources, economic downturn and widespread unemployment – rates of kidnapping can turbocharge.”
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