taking away or transportation of a person against that person's will

Kidnapping is an illegal act of stealing people. It has been around for a long time. For example, there were slave traders in Ancient Rome who kidnapped people and sold them as slaves. If a parent steals a child without the other parent's consent it is known as parental abduction. Sometimes, kidnapping is done for ransom. Many times, people kidnap children, an example is Amber Hagerman.[1]

The abduction of Dinah, (watercolor circa 1896–1902 by James Tissot)


  1. "How a Nine-Year-Old's Horrifying Kidnapping and Murder Inspired the AMBER Alert System". 30 May 2021.