The price of life: an investigation into the lucrative business of kidnap for ransom

May, Tuesday (2014) The price of life: an investigation into the lucrative business of kidnap for ransom. BSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    This dissertation investigates the business of exchanging an individual’s freedom for a ransom payment. The method used was a thematic literature review to provide an evaluation of the nature, extent and responses to kidnap for ransom. The findings showed that there is a distinct lack of reliable studies that have been conducted on kidnap for ransom. The current literature is lacking quality and depth, due to the sensitive nature of the topic and the difficulty in accessing reliable and correct data for analysis. Certain aspects of the secretive nature of the industry appear to be necessary but also contribute to unreliability when analysing and understanding the extent, causes and nature of kidnap for ransom. A lack of complete understanding heightens the difficulty in responding to this diverse and complex crime. Recommendations for the future are to employ an independent organisation that can act as a regulator to security consultancies and independently gather data.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > Institute of Criminal Justice Studies
    Depositing User: Beth Atkins
    Date Deposited: 20 Nov 2014 08:43
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 12:44

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