The prevailing wisdom in law enforcement has been that it is a bad idea to negotiate with extortionists. Cave to their demands and all you’re doing is encouraging more extortion.
And you don’t even have a guarantee that paying a ransom will produce the return of your loved one unharmed, or your stolen assets. Better to refuse the demands, find the criminals and punish them in a way that will discourage them and others from doing the same thing.
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