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Fearful of kidnap during the upsurge of organised crime ravaging their country, middle-class Mexicans are paying thousands of dollars to have tiny transmitter chips injected into their skin so that law enforcers can locate their whereabouts should they be held hostage.
Each crystal-encased chip, the size of a grain of rice, is injected into the client’s arm by Xega.
The implant, usually placed in the arm, costs $4,000 (£2,200), with an additional annual payment of $2,200.
The implants are being offered by a Mexican security company called Xega and cost US$4,000 to be fitted and US$2,200 per year to be monitored. The wearer has to carry around a box that the implant communicates with and that box acts as the locator. If the wearer believes they are in danger they can push a panic button on the box and their location is transmitted to the local police.