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besure77 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Kidnapping is knowingly restraining someone against their will. The most common type of kidnapping is known as custodial interference, or parental kidnapping. This occurs when a parent takes a child away from the custodial parent. Statistics have shown that approximately 350,000 children are kidnapped by family members every year.

Kidnapping carries very steep penalties, sometimes it is considered a felony. It depends on the particular circumstances. If the kidnapper has been in trouble with the law already, chances are they would end up serving prison time for a kidnapping offense, regardless of the circumstances.

Other reasons that kidnapping occurs is for ransom, sexual crimes, intent of forcing the victim to commit criminal behavior, or intent to harm.

pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Kidnapping is the act of taking someone and holding them against their will.  In other words, it is when you force someone to go some place with you and you do not let them leave when they want to.

Kidnapping is sometimes done for financial gain.  In this kind of crime, a kidnapper takes a victim and demands money from the family of the victim.  They often say that they will kill the victim if they are not paid.

In the United States, a much more common type of kidnapping has to do with child custody.  A divorced parent will sometimes kidnap their child if their ex-spouse has custody of that child.

dano7744 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

A person is guilty of kidnapping if he unlawfully removes another from his place of residence or business , or a substantial distance from the vicinity where he is found. MPC.

There must be a carrying away or a forceful moving to constitute kidnapping. This force does not have to be physical, it can be under duress. The victim must also be moved against his will. The "substantial" distance wording is always up for debate. Some courts have interpreted this as across a 12X12 room. Others say the distance must be much further.

Kidnapping is a felony in all jurisdictions.