Magazine article New Statesman (1996)

I'm Neurotic. Get Me out of Here. (Kidnapping)

Magazine article New Statesman (1996)

I'm Neurotic. Get Me out of Here. (Kidnapping)

Article excerpt

It's a classic dilemma: you're an arts student, you're low on cash, you're hungry and the cupboard is bare.

Brock Enright, a 26-year-old living in New York City, chose an unconventional way to reverse his financial fortunes. He's turned to kidnapping. But not your traditional rich celebrity kidnapping-for-ransom. Enright is pioneering the growing trade of "consensual kidnapping". Popularised on the web, the phenomenon is spreading across the US. For US$1,500, you can be seized by "kidnappers" from a destination of your choice.

Jason Peters, a 25-year-old sculptor, cleared a four-day "window" in which to be seized. He told Rolling Stone later that "every single activity - taking a shower, opening a door - became suspect... The trauma was overwhelming. But afterwards, I felt great. It was like meditation."

Some of Enright's clients ask to be forced to overcome fears: one woman, afraid of heights, was made to walk across the Brooklyn Bridge. …

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