August 22, 2008
Rich Mexicans, terrified of soaring kidnapping rates, are having tiny radio transmitters planted under their skin so they can be quickly tracked and rescued.
Hundreds of people, including a growing number of middle-class Mexicans, are buying the tiny chip designed by Xega, a Mexican security firm.
Kidnapping jumped almost 40 per cent between 2004 and 2007 in Mexico, which has surpassed conflict zones like Iraq and Colombia to register the highest kidnapping rates in the world, according to a recent study.
This week the administration of President Felipe Calderon pledged to develop an anti-kidnapping strategy within six months, after a meeting with the country’s top judges, congressional leaders, governors and mayors.