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Institutional Kidnapping Awaits Americans Who Travel Overseas

Author : Tom Graneau

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If you’re an American, and particularly a Christian, you face increasing risks while travelling abroad. In addition to being a potential victim of terrorism, you could get trapped in a growing worldwide danger called institutional kidnapping, which emerges from hostile government regimes and corrupt police forces around the world.

The threat is real

The threat is discreet but real. It’s being driven by growing anti-American emotionalism. Seemingly without warning, U.S. workers, tourists, and missionaries are being captured by foreign governments, wrongfully accused of crimes or espionage, and put in prison for money or leverage. Months or years later, these individuals find themselves struggling to stay alive, hoping to be released soon and return home to their families.

The conditions in the holding facilities are usually deplorable. One prisoner described his experience as being nothing short of living in hell. Unsanitary conditions, drastic temperature changes, starvation, and neglect are some of the most common experiences among those who were captured and managed to survive. Others speak of having witnessed murders, countless suicides, and torture.

In this case, freedom doesn’t come quick enough, and the process is not cheap. The complex international wrangling that’s usually necessary to obtain a release usually takes months and sometimes years. The holding government usually wants some type of exchange—money or other form of compensation—to initiate the release. Meanwhile, attorney fees and airfare costs can escalate up to $2 million, a financial burden the family must bear to secure freedom for their missing loved one. Often, they must liquate their assists to raise the money.

From time to time, the U.S. Department of State issues worldwide caution for Americans who intend to travel overseas. Some of the common site include Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia. The explicit threat often relates to heightened terrorist’s activities in these regions. Unfortunately, little or nothing is mentioned about institutional kidnapping, which is equally as dangerous as terrorism and escalating in frequency.

To travel or not to travel?

No one should be afraid to travel in fear of something horrible happening to him or her. The reality is that all of us are at risk everyday as we drive to work, fly to a different state, or work in a high-rise office building. If you desire to go anywhere in the world, you should do so as long as you have the resources to cover the minimum expenses.

However, you should also be aware of the danger that surrounds you and your loved ones locally and, especially overseas. The code of the day is personal safety. To remain safe, you should educate yourself about matters of security. The Bible puts it this way: “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour (1 Peter 5:8). In a literal sense, institutional kidnapping is one of many ways that Satan attempts to intimidate people these days. To understand more about contemporary demonic influence in our world, consider reading The Devil in Modern Eden, a must read by all Christians.

The reality is that you should take this threat and similar ones seriously. This means that you should live vigilantly, constantly on the lookout for potential danger that may incapacitate you or your family.

My motto is safety first. If you’re physically or mentally debilitated, nothing else matters. Your income will most likely stop, depending on the length of your illness, and your goals or dreams will be delayed until you get back on your feet. You can minimize these problems by being cautions.

What are your thoughts on the matter?

Have you run into any type of institutional kidnapping? Do know of anyone who has? Can you recommend some guidelines in personal safety, especially in relationship to traveling?

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