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Kidnapping - A Legal & Digital Perspective

Written by DFM Team

A Legal and Digital Perspective on Physical, Virtual and Data Kidnapping


Kidnapping has a long colorful history. None other than a 25-year-old Julius Caesar was captured by a gang of Cilician pirates in 75 BCE who prowled the Aegean Sea. The pirates were never attacked by Rome because the pirates were a source of slaves who were a key part of the Roman economy. The captors were asking for a ransom of 20 talents of silver. Caesar felt that that was too paltry of a sum for such a nobleman as himself and that 50 talents was more appropriate. Unlike many kidnapping victims Caesar was not fearful and treated his captors more like subordinates. He did tell them that once he was released, he would hunt them down and kill them, a promise he kept.

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