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.


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

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