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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 A parent whose legal rights to custody of a child have been revoked can be guilty of the crime for taking the child.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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The so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a UK-based group, said the men were abducted while returning from a meeting in Azaz, North of Aleppo, to coordinate efforts with other militant groups.
According to DPO Malik Owais Ahmed, dangerous outlaws of Jakha Gang abducted two kids Sagher and Baqir Hussain on June 29 and demanded huge ransom for their release from parents of the kids.
After the directives, Faheem Khan, son of an abducted man, lodged report with Mattani Police Station whose father Amal Khan was kidnapped in august, 7, 2009 from Kohat Road.
The raid was conducted by District and Sessions Judge Mushtaque Ahmed Kalwar at a house where six women abducted from Hyderabad were kept.
THREE Indian nationals abducted by the Taliban in Afghanistan were rescued during an operation by elite Afghan troops though at least one more Indian continues to be held by the militants.
When the protest started on May 19, it included only three mothers, whose children, aged between 12-21, had been abducted by the terrorist PKK.
March 2, 2013 (BOR) - Two abducted women with their four children have been returned to Jonglei's capital Bor on Saturday after being abducted from her home in Pibor County, during inter-tribal conflict between Lou Nuer and Murle in 2011.
Summary: Milan:Pirates have freed three Italian sailors they abducted from a ship off Nigeria last month, .
offices in Beirut BEIRUT, Jan 2 (KUNA) -- Families of abducted Lebanese in Izaza, Syria, staged a sit-in in front of the Turkish Airlines offices downtown Beirut, demanding the release of abducted.
How common is that, and how could I get the kids back if he abducted them?
A Swiss woman was abducted in Hodeida (on the Red Sea coast) by armed men who moved her to Shabwa province," the official told AFP on condition of anonymity.
Ramadi (NINA) -- An armed group abducted today six people in Sadda area, in Horan valley to the north of Rutba, a mosque Sheikh is among the abducted people.