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AbductioN

ABDUCTION (Lat. abductio, abducere, to lead away), a 
law term denoting the forcible or fraudulent removal of a 
person, limited by custom to the case where a woman is the 
victim.  In the case of men or children, it has been usual 
to substitute the term kidnapping (q.v.).  The old English 
laws against abduction, generally contemplating its object 
as the possession of an heiress and her fortune, have been 
repealed by the Offences against the Person Act 1861, which 
makes it felony for any one from motives of lucre to take 
away or detain against her will with intent to marry or 
carnally know her, &c., any woman of any age who has any 
interest in any real or personal estate, or is an heiress 
presumptive, or co-heiress, or presumptive next of kin to 
any one having such an interest; or for any one to cause 
such a woman to be married or carnally known by any other 
person; or for any one with such intent to allure, take 
away, or detain any such woman under the age of twenty-one, 
out of the possession and against the will of her parents or 
guardians.  By s. 54, forcible taking away or detention 
against her will of any woman of any age with like intent is 
felony.  The same act makes abduction without eyen any such 
intent a misdemeanour, where an unmarried girl under the 
age of sixteen is unlawfully taken out of the possession and 
against the will of her parents or guardians.  In such a case 
the girl's consent is immaterial, nor is it a defence that the 
person charged reasonably believed that the girl was sixteen or 
over.  The Criminal Law Amendment Act 1885 made still more 
stringent provisions with reference to abduction by making 
the procuration or attempted procuration of any virtuous 
female under the age of twenty-one years a misdemeanour, as 
well as the abduction of any girl under eighteen years of 
age with the intent that she shall be carnally known, or the 
detaining of any female against her will on any premises, 
with intent to have, or that another person may have, carnal 
knowledge of her.  In Scotland, where there is no statutory 
adjustment, abduction is similarly dealt with by practice. 

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Source:  An unnamed encyclopedia from a project that puts out-of-copyright texts into the public domain.  This is from a *very* old source, and reflects the thinking of the turn of the last century.  -- BryceHarrington