This is a difficult question to answer. I hope and pray that I never have to make a decision like this one. I wholeheartedly agree with the CIA operative. People should never pay a ransom even if a family member or a loved one is involved. Why? As you may all notice, there is no guarantee that the kidnappers will honour their part of the deal. Once you pay, you have to pray that the kidnappers will release your loved one safely. In many instances, victims have bravely fought with their kidnappers and were killed, when they could not be controlled. Naturally, the kidnappers would never reveal to the family members that the victim is dead. They would demand a ransom, collect it and then sometimes, they may provide a tip as to where the body of the victim is. And in rare instances, like Vindra Naipaul-Coolman, the ransom is paid and no one reveals her whereabouts or even indicate if she is still alive.
It appears that kidnapping is becoming a lucrative profession here in Trinidad
. When we pay these kidnappers, we are actually sending them a message that people can get away with illegal acts in this country. By saying no, hopefully this may discourage these criminals from pursuing this "livelihood." However, like everything else in life, there is always a certain amount of risk involved. If someone is kidnapped and you refuse to pay the ransom, there is always the possibility of the kidnapper becoming frustrated and resorting to violence, which may lead to your loved one's death
I remember reading an article in the Express Sunday newspaper last year, concerning how a kidnapping affected a family. What was interesting about this article was, the mother of the victim was questioned by the Anti Kidnapping Squad, about paying a ransom. She flatly refused and stated that the AKS officer looked at her in disbelief and even encouraged the family to pay the ransom. This is very interesting since it has been recently highlighted that, the police have been linked to some of these kidnappings: for example, a special reserve police officer was involved in the kidnapping of the Nath brothers. So by paying a ransom, this promotes even more corruption in the police force. This leads one to wonder, is there anyone you can trust in this country?