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Abduction/Kidnapping

The dynamics of abduction and kidnapping are similar in that in either instance the hostage taker holds someone against his or her will, and the victim then becomes a pawn for either ransom, bargaining, or negotiation. One of the most memorable cases is the kidnapping for ransom of famed aviator Charles Lindbergh's infant son in 1932. This case made kidnapping a federal crime, and its sensational nature instilled fear in many individuals who worried that their child might be the next kidnapping victim. Terrorists abduct and hold individuals as pawns for political or economic concessions as well as a statement of power and propaganda. Somali pirates have attacked ships and held crews for ransom. In Colombia, South America, there were 5,181 kidnappings between 1992 and ...

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