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Legal Dictionary Term: abduction

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Legal Dictionary Term: abduction


What is abduction?

n. the criminal taking away of 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 upon an adult or the taking of children.


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Date Approved: Apr 16, 2019

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