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Mexicans Afraid of Kidnapping Implant GPS Chip Under Skin

It's not the plot of a movie, though it sure seems like one: wealthy Mexicans are implanting GPS chips under their skin as a means to protect themselves from the out-of control plague of kidnappings. Mexican President Felipe Calderón convened and emergency meeting yesterday to create a plan including 65 specific ways to stop the abductions.

This year alone, there have been 314 kidnappings, added to 700 last year. Calderon says, "The truth is we are all responsible. We must recognize the traditional way of combating crime has not been sufficient. We must act in a more coordinated and vigorous manner."

Sparked by the 40 percent between increase in kidnapping between 2004 and 2007 Mexicans, are seeking out a tiny chip that can be injected under their skin to protect them. To see how it works,


Sales for the chip made by Xenga have grown 13 percent this year to more than 2,000 clients. The chip is the size of a grain of rice, is injected with a syringe, and sends a radio signal that allows a satellite to map the location of a person in trouble.

It's a solution to the crime problem, but not for the poor. The chips cost nearly $6,000 plus an annual fee of $2,000. Is Calderón right? Is the rash of crimes everyone's responsibility, or is the government to blame? How far should they go to keep citizens safe?


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lickety-split lickety-split 8 years
i like the chip in people idea, kids specifically and those with mental impairments. a friend of mine lives in new jersey and in her county they have wrist bands for those with mental impairments so that if they wonder off they can be found. if i could afford this i would get them for each of my 3 kids. he mexican government is to blame here, corruption is rampant. anyone see the shoot out they had mid day a few months ago in tijuana? the locals were afraid to talk about it because of retaliation! hundreds of rounds were fired.
Plastic-bee Plastic-bee 8 years
I don’t think I like the idea of putting GPS chips in people, I can see a parent’s point of view being worried for your child’s safety but there are bound to be people who miss use the things.
UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
Here's a thought, president calderon, how about you get the police involved and start policing your people at the border. Spend the money that you're bilking from your people on your people.
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 8 years
The difference is that the chips used in our pets don't pinpoint their whereabouts. They're totally inert until a scanner is run over the pet. Basically its like a unique numerical code linked to the owners information. Human chips freak me out though. A little too Big Brother.
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
wow - that's insane - the level of kidnappings that have gone on there - and to think that parents will go to such lengths - you can understand how badly they want to protect their families - it's just scary. i don't even feel comfortable with putting chips into dogs - let alone kids - but i guess if i had kids - i would do whatever i had to in order to protect my family.
Jillness Jillness 8 years
...and I have to say that drugs themselves, the actual materials, are not that expensive. What makes it so profitable for gangs and cartels is the fact that they are the shipping and handling is more risky and therefore more expensive and more profitable for the people that will take those risks. Decriminalizing drugs in some form would crush their value.
Jillness Jillness 8 years
My dog has a chip! I don't think I would be comfortable with it put into humans. I little too information for the government, IMO. I do think that Mexico is going through some serious crime problems, and I wish them all the luck trying to get a hold of it.
stephley stephley 8 years
Those kidnap stories from Mexico are terrifying, but I don't see how the rash of crimes is everyone's fault. I'm not sure I'd rush to get a chip implanted - the kidnappers will figure out quickly enough how to identify where one is, and it could be that all the chip does is tell the police where to find your body.
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