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How to Educate Travelers About Wrongful Detention Risks

Business travelers often bring their vices with them when they cross borders, and that can land them in hot water. But sometimes a government detention has a different motivation than enforcing the law, and that puts organizations in a tough position.

The reasons behind a wrongful detention are often murky and multilayered, which makes assessing and responding to such incidents complicated. A kidnap for ransom case is very different: the motivation is likely criminal, ideological, or financial, and the situation can be much more volatile and violent. Wrongful government detention is generally an attempt to exploit a detainee to get something, whether information, to embarrass the traveler’s country of origin, to wrest concessions from a foreign power, or to negotiate a prisoner release.