The unlawful taking away of a person by force, threat of force or fraudulent persuasion: particularly a minor. Historically, Common Law created the crime of abduction, to protect women from the unlawful taking or detention for purposes of "marriage, mistress, paramour or prostitution. However, now the term abduction is gender neutral, in most states. The Crimes of Abduction and Kidnapping differ: because in Kidnaping the threat or application of force is a required element of the crime.
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