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The act of restraining another through the use or threat of Deadly Force or through fraudulent persuasion. The requisite restraint generally requires that the abductor intend to prevent the liberation of the abductee. Some states require that the abductee be a minor or that the abductor intend to subject the abductee to prostitution or illicit sexual activity.




n. the criminal taking away a person by persuasion (convincing someone--particularly a minor or a woman he/she is better off leaving with the persuader), by fraud (telling the person he/she is needed, or that the mother or father wants him/her to come with the abductor), or by open force or violence. Originally abduction applied only to protect women and children as victims. Currently in most states it can also apply to an adult male. In fact, in some states like New York abduction meant the unlawful taking or detention of any female for purposes of "marriage, concubinage or prostitution." Kidnapping is more limited, requiring force, threat of force of an adult or the taking of children. (See: kidnapping)


noun child-stealing, impressment, overmastering, raptus, ravishment, shanghaiing, spiriting away, subjugation, taking away
See also: taking


the wrongful taking away (usually by force) of a person. In respect of the taking away of a girl under the age of 16, it is a statutory offence. The problem of separated parents removing children from one country to another is now regulated in many states by international conventions which require that the child should normally be returned to his or her country of habitual residence unless there is a grave risk of physical or psychological harm or an otherwise intolerable situation.

ABDUCTION, crim. law. The carrying away of any person by force or fraud. This is a misdemeanor punishable by indictment. 1 East, P.C. 458; 1 Russell, 569. The civil remedies are recaption, (q.v.) 3 Inst. 134; Hal. Anal. 46; 3 Bl. Com 4; by writ of habeas corpus; and an action of trespass, Fitz. N. B. 89; 3 Bl. Com 139, n. 27; Roscoe, Cr. Ev. 193.

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Although various programs have reduced the number of international abductions by 25 percent in the last two years, the United States can continue to play a leading role in further reducing abductions through raising awareness and public education.
Superintendent Tim Bacon said: "The figures relating to the number of child abductions and kidnappings may seem alarming but they must put into context.
The figures for the West Midlands were released under a Freedom of Information Act submitted by the charity Parents and Abducted Children Together Geoff Newiss, director of research at PACT, said: "These figures show the West Midlands is not immune from the problem of abduction.
An Abduction Revelation" is an intriguing adventure inspired by some true life experiences of the Author.
It's natural to conduct a thorough investigation if there's even the slightest possibility" of a connection to North Korea's abductions, Ota said at a news conference.
I am determined to achieve the return of all abductees, hunt for the truth of the abductions and secure the handover of abductors under my Cabinet," the prime minister said.
Senate for adopting Resolution 543 on International Parental Child Abduction, and shame on the two senators from Oregon for co-sponsoring it.
It is clear that the abduction issue is part of our concerns.
A neighborhood canvass may cover the area around the victim's residence or last known location--the most recent place the victim was sighted after the initial abduction.
Statistics collected by Reunite suggest that 70 percent of abductions are undertaken by mothers.
Jacobs specializes in the issue of child abduction - an issue of inter-country marriages in which one parent takes a child to their home country and abandons the other parent.
Masami Ito, Outside the 1980 Hague Convention: Japan Remains Safe Haven for Parental Abductions, JAPAN TIMES, Dec.