On 24 August 2014, the North-American journalist Peter Theo Curtis was released from kidnapping in Syria. However, this piece of news didn’t make the headlines as it was eclipsed by the news about the beheading of his colleague James Foley, 5 days earlier.
These events can be protected with a Kidnapping and Rescue Insurance. They are taken out by companies who send employees to countries where it’s difficult to guarantee their safety due to terrorists, pirates or hostage kidnappers who demand a rescue payment.
Some continents are very complicated places to visit like Africa, Asia and the Middle East. High-ranking executives, workers in oil, construction and telecommunications companies, or finance companies (as well as their families) are the potential risk groups.
A policy of this kind covers: crisis management, legal obligations, rehabilitation, recompense and negotiation.