• Yes, they should be illegal.

    Payment of ransoms should not be legal. Kidnapping is a crime and you are encouraging it by paying ransoms. Sometime, this does not even work and the victim is still held hostage. The kidnapper may change their minds and demand more money. .Anyone who has a family member kidnapped should contact the police.

  • Paying ransoms should be made illegal.

    Yes, the payment of ransoms should be made illegal because it may deter kidnapping and theft, which are two situations that often require a ransom. If potential criminals can not get a ransom payment, they may view the potential victim as worthless, whereas now, even I am aware of the fact that I may look like "ransom-bait" to some would-be criminals while traveling abroad.

  • Add It To The Laws Already Broken

    I do believe the payment of ransoms should be made illegal, but it should be illegal for those asking for the ransom, not those that are put in a position to pay them. By doing this the justice system can stack this charge on top of the many others that would be associated with such a demand.

  • Why is it illegal to care for your loved ones?

    Our loved ones are the most important people on the Earth for us. By criminalizing the paying of ransom, the government is denying our rights to save someone we care about. This would not work because it will lead to blood and tears. When the crimials don't get what they want, they will kill more people until they get it. This means more children dead, more parents crying, and more people hating this law. We think that every citizen is valuable, and we should rescue them because that is the right thing to do.This house believes that we should not criminalize the paying of ransom. My argument is simple. Why we being punished for caring for our loved ones? Every parent loves their children, and every kid loves his mom or dad. We should not illegalize care and love for the people we need. Imagine you have a 6 year old kid, and you love him very much. One day, when he was going back from school, he was kidnapped and the kidnappers demanded 1 hundred thousand dollars from you. However, the government said that is illegal. Why is it illegal to rescue your children that you care very much? This is important because this is the right thing to do.

  • No, it shouldn't be illegal to pay a ransom, but this is a difficult call.

    It's a difficult call when someone kidnaps someone and asks for a ransom. By paying the ransom, you're really encouraging the behavior, and it may continue with other people. It's also never guaranteed that the hostage/kidnapping victim will actually be returned to you. However, in some cases it seems like this is the only hope to get someone back, and the person's life is very important. So it's a difficult call, but I don't think it should be illegal, as in some cases it may be necessary to pay a ransom.

  • Loved ones need help.

    No, the payment of ransoms should not be made illegal because anyone who says that they should has never had a family member held for ransom. In the middle of a hostage situation, a family member will do anything to help their loved one. They should not be stopped, just because other people want to impose public policy.

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