A powerful and sophisticated underground business delivers thousands of refugees a day all along the Mediterranean coasts of Europe. The new breed of criminals that controls it has risen out of the political chaos of post-9/11 Western foreign policy and the fiasco of the Arab Spring. These merchants of men are intertwined with jihadist armed organizations such as al Qaeda in the Maghreb. They have prospered smuggling cocaine from West Africa and kidnapping Westerners. More recently, the destabilization of Syria and Iraq coupled with the rise of ISIS offered them new business opportunities in the Middle East, from selling Western hostages to jihadist groups to trafficking in refugees numbering in the millions.
Overall, the kidnapping industry today is bigger than the illegal drug trade and worth hundreds of billions of dollars annually. Merchants of Men is based on exclusive access to hostage negotiators actively involved in ransom negotiations and rescue missions, counter-terrorism experts, members of security services, and former hostages, among many others. The reader will discover that the protocols of prevention and rescue change according to the type of abduction and the designated targets, and will come to know first hand the range of experiences of kidnapping victims.
Will the West once again reap the benefits of the political chaos it has sown in its own backyard? From colonization to the advent of "friendly" dictatorial regimes, today's fast-aging European nations are buyers on the refugee market. New workers are needed, and the merchants of men are supplying them. But only skilled, highly educated refugees are wanted. As a tsunami of migrants and refugees floods Europe, new questions almost too numerous to count must be answered.
|Publisher:||Seven Stories Press|
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Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb Protocol 3
Chapter 2 Feeding the Bears 21
Chapter 3 Trafficking Migrants 37
Chapter 4 The Economics of Piracy 57
Chapter 5 The Somali Diaspora's Gulf Connection 75
Chapter 6 Smoke and Mirrors of the Syrian Civil War 89
Chapter 7 The Negotiator1 107
Chapter 8 The Ransom 115
Chapter 9 The Golden Hour-Anatomy of a Kidnapping 129
Chapter 10 The Prey-Seeking a New Identity 145
Chapter 11 The Mythology of Western Hostages 163
Chapter 12 The End of Truth 187
Chapter 13 Playing Chess with the Hostages' Lives 207
Chapter 14 A Refugee Love Story 219
Chapter 15 The Political Boomerang 231
Epilogue: Brexit 247