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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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The government has started reinvestigating past marine accidents in waters off Japan to see if they could be linked to North Korea's abductions of Japanese nationals in the 1970s and 1980s, transport minister Akihiro Ota said Friday.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Sunday he is ready to promote talks with North Korea to resolve the issue of the country's past abductions of Japanese nationals.
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TOKYO, Aug 31 (KUNA) -- Japan and North Korea may take up the issue of Pyongyang's past abductions of Japanese nationals in future talks, Kyodo News Agency reported Friday, citing a Japanese official.
4) Based on the number of reported child abductions in which a neighborhood canvass facilitated the recovery of the victim, the FBI confidently asserts the imperativeness of neighborhood canvasses during all child abduction investigations.
QUETTA, January 04, 2012 (Balochistan Times): We condemn with strong words the abductions of Hindu Mahesh Kumar, and Haji Akber merchants, Markazi Anjuman-E-Tajiran Balochistan President Abdul Rahim Kakar, Syed Taj Agha, Ibrahim Kasi and others said in their joint statement.
The more awareness we can raise the more we can reduce the number of abductions.