Blatant kidnapping attempt at Florida eatery – expert weighs in

Blatant kidnapping attempt at Florida eatery – expert weighs in

Forensic Psychologist Professor Gerhard Labuschagne joined Breakfast with Martin Bester to discuss the prevalence of kidnapping in South Africa.

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Police have confirmed the authenticity of a video on social media showing an attempted kidnapping in a Florida restaurant, west of Johannesburg. 

In the video, two women are seen sitting at a table with a young girl when a man grabs the girl by her neck. 

Bystanders immediately assist.

According to JacaNews, Gauteng police spokesperson Kay Makhubele has confirmed that the incident took place at a local pizza restaurant the evening of 10 September. 

Breakfast with Martin Bester spoke to Professor Gerhard Labuschagne about why someone would kidnap someone, specifically a child. 

READ: Experts share five kidnapping prevention tips for parents

"Statistics regarding kidnappings in South Africa aren't a true reflection of what is actually happening," Prof Labuschange says.

“It doesn’t seem like a well thought-out plan. Just before the incident takes place, something grabs the attention of the two women in the video. From the start, it seems like it wasn’t a very successful way of getting the child.

“It is something that we sometimes don’t want to hear about but it does happen. The definition of child trafficking is very broad.”

READ: Forensic Psychologist Dr Gérard Labuschagne shares his views on kidnappings

Prof Labuschange shared five tips with Breakfast with Martin Bester on how to prevent a kidnapping:

1. Always remember that it can happen to you - be prepared.

2. Parents must prepare children - share details with them (numbers, addresses and names).

3. Teach people to look out for signs - never be alone. 

4. Remember details of the kidnappers - try and stay calm and focused. 

5. When you are kidnapped - try and scratch or take something from the kidnapper for DNA. 

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