Corporate Kidnapping: Issues of Definitions, Monitoring and Reporting

Brian R. Johnson, Grand Valley State University
Douglas G. McKenzie, Grand Valley State University

Corporate kidnapping is the abduction of corporate executives or employees for political and financial purposes. The nature and extent of corporate kidnapping, to date, is an unexplored criminological phenomenon that is growing in use and frequency throughout the world, particularly in third world countries and emerging nations. This presentation will explore the nature and extent of corporate kidnapping. It will also provide explanations for the increase in this criminal activity. This presentation will also explore some of the inherent problems associated with the effective reporting and monitoring of these criminal events throughout the world. Recommendations for effective reporting, data gathering and monitoring will also be presented.

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