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Kidnap-wary Mexicans get chipped

Mexico’s attorney general has taken the unusual step of having an “anti-kidnap” chip stuck in his arm and then making the fact public – thereby ensuring that anyone lifting señor Rafael Macedo de la Concha will be certain to remove said limb at their earliest convenience. Mexico is suffering a kidnapping epidemic, with up to 3,000 people abducted every year. Thousands of the country’s citizens recently took to the streets to demand action. Accordingly, Concha announced that several senior members of his staff plus 160 employees at a new crime database centre have also received the chips, which allegedly “serve both as an identity device and a tracking mechanism should they be kidnapped”, the Guardian reports. Concha did, however, admit that the principal role of the system was to restrict access to the database centre in an attempt to fight widespread corruption – considered a major factor in the authorities’ lack of success in tackling the kidnap problem. Full Story

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