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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 A parent whose legal rights to custody of a child have been revoked can be guilty of the crime for taking the child.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 CPLC chief said that in the cases of children's kidnapping the priority of his organisation was safe recovery of abductees, adding that the payment of a 'small amount of ransom money does not matter much'.
The scourge of kidnappings was brought to the doorstep of an influential Sulu political clan, whose patriarch had been involved in some of the province's most successful negotiations to free kidnap victims.
Depending on where a policy is purchased, it is possible to receive anywhere from $10,000 to $50 million dollars in coverage, and in some cases the kidnapping could qualify for more.
For weeks nothing further was heard about the kidnapping.
Youssef instructed staff at the children aid hotline to help people who report such cases to submit kidnapping or disappearance reports at the nearest police station, according to state media.
The kidnapped couple, in the meanwhile, remains traceless even four days after their kidnapping, leaving the entire doctor and business community restive.
The PYD officials accused Al-Nusra of being behind the kidnapping, but Abdul Rahman and the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor said it remained unclear which group was responsible.
For those traveling abroad to high-risk countries, this guide details ways to minimize the threat of kidnapping and abduction.
DFAT has identified four types of kidnapping operations namely kidnapping for ransom, for ideological reasons, with political motivation and demands, and kidnapping by pirates.
SANA'A, April 7--Thirteen suspects accused of being involved in the kidnapping of foreigners and Yemenis have been arrested in the last month, according to a statement on the website of the Interior Ministry.
Summary: Whenever we find ourselves strapped for cash, my closest friend in Yemen -- an American citizen -- and I joke that I should arrange for his kidnapping.
22 ( ANI ): The Congress Party on Monday denied Baba Ramdev's allegation that the party was involved in framing his brother and ashram on charges of kidnapping and said the yoga guru was in the habit of seeking publicity at any cost.