2012
04.04

The Sun
22 March 2012

Kidnapped British tourist Judith Tebbutt had a tearful reunion with her son last night after being dramatically freed yesterday.

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by Andy McNab

HOSTAGE-TAKING has become a very sophisticated business in Somalia with clans involved becoming rich and powerful.

To them, it’s not about ideology — it’s about money.

Hostages like Judith are commodities. Clans must protect them from being stolen by other clans.

Her family would have used a private security company to find her and negotiate. Talks usually go on for 90 days.