Abduction

Definition

Taking a person away by means of persuasion, fraud, or force. Some jurisdictions also require that the abductee, the person abducted, be a child or that that the abductor intend to marry or defile the abductee or subject him or her to prostitution or concubinage.  Parental abduction, a parent's abduction of his or her child, is a crime.  Although the terms abduction and kidnapping are, at times, used interchangeably, kidnapping is narrower, generally requiring the threat or use of force. 

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See, e.g. Abbott v. Abbott, 130 S.Ct. 1983 (2010).

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