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Kidnapping (ICCS 020221)
“KIDNAPPING” is defined as “Unlawful detainment and taking away of a person or persons against their will (including through the use of force, threat, fraud or enticement) for the purpose of demanding an illicit gain, any other economic gain or other material benefit for their liberation, or in order to oblige someone to do or not to do something.
INCLUSIONS: Kidnapping; express kidnapping.
EXCLUSIONS: Abduction of a minor (02021) defined as “Unlawfully taking away, concealing or detaining a minor from their legal guardian or custodial parent”; Trafficking in persons (0204); illegal adoption (020291); taking a hostage (020222); “Illegal restraint (020222).

[Source: International Classification of Crime for Statistical Purposes (ICCS), UNODC, Mar 2015, p.39. Web:]
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