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.
See, e.g. Abbott v. Abbott, 130 S.Ct. 1983 (2010).
menu of sources
- 34 USC Chapter 205, Amber Alert
- Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction Act (1968); Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act (1997) (a version adopted in all 50 states and the District of Columbia)