Doing Business Among The Body Snatchers

Colombia's kidnapping problem is about to get worse

Picture this: You're an executive at a multinational corporation, and you are traveling to Colombia on business. Your arrival is a secret to all but a select few. A bodyguard, armored car, and motorcycle escort meet you at the airport. They whisk you off to a five-star hotel where you'll stay in a $250-a-night room on a floor equipped with closed-circuit cameras and an elevator that can be activated only with a special magnetic card. Still, you could be safer holing up at your company's offices, which are guarded by agents with bulletproof vests, radios, and machine guns.

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