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«High profile means media rich and there are individuals who will exploit your child’s tragedy to cash in their fifteen minutes of fame. Be wary of lowlife opportunists posing as family spokespersons or glad handing politicians attempting to raise their profile on the evening news. You need neither new best friends nor an entourage. Your goal is to find ways to promote your child’s case and further the investigation.
Every two-bit con artist within a hundred mile radius is going to angle for a slice of the money pie. Americans respond to crisis with great generosity, and few events epitomize crisis better than the desperate family of a kidnapped child. A local financial institution should tightly control funds raised to assist the family or recover the child. Accounts should be established for specific purposes and withdrawals should require two signatures: one from a family member and one from an objective third party. The missing child’s family should sanction fundraising activities and money that is raised should be immediately deposited into the relevant accounts. Media should be scanned for bogus fundraising activities and law enforcement should be contacted when they are discovered.
Ironically, while tragedy and crisis often time brings out the best in people it also posses the power to highlight the worst. If you are in the grip of crime and are focused on the recovery of a kidnapped child, have a trusted individual watch your back, because although we want to think the best of everyone who extends a hand, history and common sense teach us that exploitation does exist and even pond scum will find its optimum level of existence.»
Extract from the Klaas Kids Foundation on Commercial Exploitation