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?