What should you do if someone tries to kidnap you?
In a word, RUN.
David Wallis, writer for the Times, interviewed several people for the story. The best tidbit of advice came from a former Navy Seal trainer who said, "Let's be honest, the Navy Seals, when we do renditions, effectively we're doing kidnappings. Nobody is better at it than we are. We are the most organized and not one person, not one of us, was assigned to chase anybody. If we're not chasers, then the bad guys aren't chasers."
So, when backpacking through war-torn Somalia, traipsing through the beautiful jungles of Venezuela, or cabbing your way through the heart of Mexico City, if approached by a gang of kidnappers, one option for the savvy and aware potential victim - haul ass...
This summer, [FIND] Investigations will run a brief series of articles about safety abroad. Our very own Agent X will be offering some sage advice from his long career in retrieving kidnap victims. Look for our [FIND] Travel series starting in June.
Until then, safe travels.