In today’s world, corporate executives and other VIP’s are at a greater risk of being kidnapped than ever before. Terrorists look for new funding sources for their activities. Criminals often think they can grab a “quick buck” with just a little work on their part. Kidnappings take place just as frequently in foreign countries as well as within the United States. Insurance plans have even been applied specifically to kidnapping to reduce corporations’ financial burden. This course will address these issues, as well as look at the cultures of societies and the differing perspectives of criminals and their victims. This course will also describe some basic strategies to mitigate and even prevent the kidnapping cycle.