It is estimated that more than 10,000 people are kidnapped throughout the world every year. Many are killed. Kidnappings often go unreported for fear of retaliation. Criminal organizations specialize in kidnapping or abduction, considered as “easy” money. A VIP can be pressured by direct kidnapping of his / her person or the kidnapping of a family member. The impact on employees, families & the persons who are directly involved, is devastating. The human, real and material costs to individuals, corporations, media & NGO groups are great. Insurance alone is not enough in a crisis situation, recovery involves meticulous planning and negotiation followed by extraction.