Paying kidnappers doesn't pay off

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  1. Plazma Inferno! Ding Ding Ding Ding Administrator

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    Paying ransoms to terrorist kidnappers may encourage more abductions and worsen the situation for others, according to new research from UT Dallas.
    Countries that negotiated with terrorists to release hostages faced up to 87 percent more kidnappings than those that did not pay ransoms, according to the research
    The researchers analyzed politically motivated kidnappings worldwide between 1978 and 2013 recorded in a database that tracks such incidences. The authors identified eight countries, mostly in Europe, known to make concessions and, as a consequence, are more prone to having their citizens taken hostage, compared to other nations. The countries studied had a range of policies and practices, some of which changed, during the study's time frame.
    The researchers stressed that policies against paying ransoms do not protect a nation from kidnappings.

    http://phys.org/news/2016-08-terrorist-kidnappers-doesnt.html?

    Study: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0176268016300143
     
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  3. DaveC426913 Valued Senior Member

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    Another study confirming something no one ever doubted.

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    I mean, it's good that we have the research to back it up, but did anyone ever think otherwise?
     
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  5. sculptor Valued Senior Member

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    Julius Caesar paid a ransom to pirates who had kidnapped him. Then raised a small fleet, captured the pirates, got his ransom back, and confiscated the rest of their possessions, then had them all crucified.
    Perhaps, there is a valuable strategy to be learned from Caesar?
    Pay 'em, give them cellphones with gps-----------and then..............................thank them as appropriate.
     
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