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in law, the taking away of a person by force, threat, or deceit, with intent to cause him to be detained against his will. Kidnapping may be done for ransomransom,
price of redemption demanded by the captor of a person, vessel, or city. In ancient times cities frequently paid ransom to prevent their plundering by captors. The custom of ransoming was formerly sanctioned by law.
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 or for political or other purposes. A parent whose legal rights to custody of a child have been revoked can be guilty of the crime for taking the child. Consent of a kidnapped person is a defense, unless given by one legally incompetent at the time (e.g., a minor or a mentally ill person). The crime differs from abduction, in that the intent of sexual intercourse is not required, and from false imprisonment, in which there is no attempt to abduct.

Under common law kidnapping was only a misdemeanormisdemeanor,
in law, a minor crime, in contrast to a felony. At common law a misdemeanor was a crime other than treason or a felony. Although it might be a grave offense, it did not affect the feudal bond or take away the offender's property. By the 19th cent.
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, but in most states of the United States it is now punishable by death or life imprisonment if there are no extenuating circumstances. The kidnapping and murder of the son of Charles A. LindberghLindbergh, Charles Augustus,
1902–74, American aviator who made the first solo, nonstop transatlantic flight, b. Detroit; son of Charles A. Lindbergh (1859–1924). He left the Univ. of Wisconsin (1922) to study flying.
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 in 1932 led to a federal statute prescribing severe penalties for transporting the victims of kidnapping across state or national boundaries. The practice of kidnapping, in the wider and not strictly legal sense, has been known since the beginnings of history. It was common as a method for procuring slaves, and it has also been employed by brigands and revolutionaries to obtain money through ransom or to hold hostages whose safe release was dependent on the freeing of political prisoners.


The main theme in abduction dreams is fear. The dreamer may be afraid of losing a very important part of himself or of losing his safest and most familiar surroundings. Also, the dreamer may be afraid of leaving his home, childhood, familiar support group, or long-standing ideas. These types of dreams may be most prevalent during times of psychological or physical transition and during stressful times of life when the future is somewhat uncertain. Consider the details of your dream and try to isolate and identify the fear that created the dream.
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He said that we are grieved over the incidents of kidnappings of doctors.
Pakistan Institute of Peace Studies director Amir Rana pointed out that after the military operations in Orakzai and South Waziristan there has been a sudden rise in groups using kidnappings as a way to gather resources for their activities.
Many organizations, however, are unaware of the potential risk of kidnappings and are ill-equipped to deal with a crisis situation.
Sana'a: A Member of Parliament from the ruling party demanded his government establish "diplomatic relations" with a Yemeni tribe famous for kidnappings, after security men failed to free a hostage.
Since companies rarely divulge such cases, statistics on the number of executive kidnappings are hard to come by.
The new statewide AMBER child-abduction alert system was activated by authorities for the first time, and the description of the SUV and the girls was sent out statewide, which brought numerous reports of spottings of the Ford Bronco from a public whose consciousness had been raised by recent kidnappings.
In addition to kidnappings and banditry, the charges included using firearms, looting public property, resisting security and armed forces, as well as killing several soldiers and citizens.
According to the latest national estimates of abducted children (NISMART-2), one-third of all "stereotypical" kidnappings occurred in the fall.
He also allegedly played a direct role in the March kidnapping of Hussein Jfar, whose abduction triggered tit-for-tat kidnappings between his clan and residents of Arsal.
These kidnappings, the protestors said in a released statement, reflect neither the values of Yemeni culture nor Islam.
9, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- On Monday, a series of virtual (fake) kidnappings were committed in Beverly Hills and Western Los Angeles.
Minister of State for Population Hala Youssef held Tuesday an urgent meeting with Ministry of Interior representatives to discuss the increasing numbers of child kidnappings.