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How ISIS Gets Its Hostages

World  (tags: ISIS, hostages, kidnapping, violence, world, middle-east, politics, freedoms, conflict, crime, ethics, death, Human Rights )

- 1689 days ago -
Recent accusations that a U.S.-backed rebel group in Syria helped facilitate the capture of an American journalist that ISIS later beheaded have drawn attention to a little-discussed phenomenon: the hostage black market.


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Lona Goudswaard (66)
Tuesday October 7, 2014, 3:21 pm
In a world where everything is about money, people are just a commodity to be traded like any other. It isn't new, people are sold as slaves all through history, royalty and nobility were held at ransom. The modern day version is called human trafficking.
Kidnapping or taking hostage and selling on also is of all ages, criminals have made a lot of money that way. Hostage taking now has become even more lucrative as it has taken politics on board and the hostages have become even more valuable as rich countries become involved in the process, but kidnapping is in essence still a criminal act. Therefore it comes as no surprise that there is a black market for hostages, just as there is a black market for women sold into prostitution. Friend of foe, it doesn't really matter, the lure of money will always draw the criminal elements of either to where most can be made.

Darren Woolsey (218)
Wednesday October 8, 2014, 12:29 am
Human trafficking for terrorism is not that different than human trafficking for sexual exploitation. The human mind (and body) is corrupted, abused, violated, pretty much forever, or at least the scars must remain for years and years.

Arild Warud (174)
Wednesday October 8, 2014, 1:26 am

Jessica Story (198)
Wednesday October 8, 2014, 6:15 am
Our lack of compassion as humans is truly shocking

Patrice Z (16)
Wednesday October 8, 2014, 11:58 am
I agree with you all.

Past Member (0)
Wednesday October 8, 2014, 12:04 pm
I also agree with all these comments.

norma laborie (33)
Wednesday October 8, 2014, 1:17 pm
I hate ISIS I agree with you

jan b (5)
Wednesday October 8, 2014, 1:20 pm
I didn't realize there were THAT many hostages taken by ISIS.
Life is so short anyway---it's mind-boggling why so many want to do evil things with it.

Mary Donnelly (47)
Wednesday October 8, 2014, 3:37 pm
Interesting, but sad, post.

Theresa Robinson (79)
Wednesday October 8, 2014, 5:24 pm

Evelyn B (63)
Thursday October 9, 2014, 2:17 am
Insanity - And conflict/ crisis situations open many business opportunities ... legal as well as illegal. Arms, security guards .... hostage takers is one I'd not heard of before per se.

Stop the world - I want to get off!! :^(

P A (117)
Thursday October 9, 2014, 10:52 pm
I feel very like Evelyn B! I do think I object to the fine definitions that separate 'criminal gangs' from the terrorists - if the criminals help the terrorists, how are they different from them - they are profiting from evil and facilitating evil.

Deborah W (6)
Wednesday October 15, 2014, 2:13 pm
Hostage payments prove to me that all but ISIS do still value life ... distorted as we are (trafficking, prostitution, escort service, shootings, etc.). In most cases we're just too dumb to recognize the full danger of it all, for ourselves and those around us. Maybe one day ...
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