Having a GPS tracking chip inserted in your arm may be something that you would never consider, but then again you may not live in a country where the threat of kidnapping is a daily reality. Mexican security company Xega has seen a 13% increase in sales of their tracking kit in Mexico. The tracking device is roughly the size of a rice kernel and can be easily injected under the skin, when activated by the use of a secondary device the chip begins to transmit it’s location so that the location of the victim can be traced.

Mexico has one of the highest kidnapping rates in the world, barely ranking lower than war torn Iraq and the troubled country of Columbia. Recent high profile kidnappings, such as the much publicized kidnapping and murder of high profile businessman Fernando Marti’s 14 year old son has awakened fear and outrage amongst the Mexican public.

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Cristina, 28, who did not want to give her last name, was implanted along with seven other members of her family last year as a "preventive measure."
 
"It's not like we are wealthy people, but they'll kidnap you for a watch … Everyone is living in fear," she said.
 
The chips cost $4,000 plus an annual fee of $2,200.


Despite criticism by individuals such as US privacy activist Katherine Albrecht, who claims that such unproven devices prey on the fear of wealthy Mexicans and the obvious moral objections that many people may have to this type of technology, Xega has plans for expansion. Xega claims to currently have over 2000 clients and has plans to spread their business to South America.

Whether or not the device is truly effective is not as important as the insight that can be drawn from this situation. What this device provides, at a very high price, is peace of mind and a feeling of security and control, in a environment that is plagued with insecurity and fear. This device also demonstrates is how far we will go to achieve that peace of mind when we cannot find it.  

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