Criminals treat abduction and extortion as a business transaction and wealthy individuals increasingly insure against it
A classic bandit extortion strategy is to set homes and grain stores on fire to intimidate individuals into paying up.
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An undated video shows a knife-wielding man holding two men captive, threatening to execute them should Japan not pay a $200-million ransom.
Pirates have released a Danish cargo ship and its 13 crew members — held off the Somali coast since early November — after a ransom was paid.