In criminal law, abduction is also known as kidnapping. Abduction is taking a person from one place to another, without his or her consent, when the victim believes he or she cannot escape due to threats of violence, use of force, or intimidation. In the past, abduction was the preferred term when the victim was a woman or child. In fact, the term “child abduction” is frequently used when describing kidnapping cases involving minors. In states like California, child abduction is more severely punished than “simple kidnapping”. In most circumstances, kidnapping is charged as felony.
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