Duhaime's Law Dictionary


Abduction Definition:

To take someone away from a place without that person's consent, or by fraud.

Related Terms: Kidnap, Press Gang

In Canada's Criminal Code, at §283, the crime of abduction is defined as follows, and carrying a sentence of up to ten years of incarceration:

abduction"Every one who, being the parent, guardian or person having the lawful care or charge of a person under the age of fourteen years, takes, entices away, conceals, detains, receives or harbours that person, whether or not there is a custody order in relation to that person made by a court anywhere in Canada, with intent to deprive a parent or guardian, or any other person who has the lawful care or charge of that person, of the possession of that person...."

See also Convention on International Child Abduction.

REFERENCES:

  • Criminal Code, R.S.C. 1985, Chapter C-46

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