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Facts About Kidnapping

Surely, at some point in your life, you have heard of someone being kidnapped or abducted. The most common abductions you hear about are when parents are in the midst of a custody battle over their children and one or the other “steals” the children and runs away with them.

However, kidnapping has played its roll in our world’s history. Though you may think that kidnapping only happens to children, it is still a problem among many age groups globally. Here you will learn some interesting facts about kidnappings. Some of these facts are deadly, and others are downright weird.

Have a look.

1. James Cameron is a good friend of Guillermo del Toro, and when living in Mexico in the 1990s, del Toro’s father was kidnapped and held for ransom. They wanted $1 million US. However, del Toro had no cash. James Cameron gave up the money for del Toro’s father’s release.

2. Most children who are kidnapped are kidnapped by a parent, relative, or a close family friend. As a matter of fact, it is rare when a child is randomly plucked off the streets. Most children who go missing usually have misunderstood directions, did not communicate their plans, are lost, or have run away from home.

3. Those who are kidnapped as children and found as adults have something called “Stockholm Syndrome.” What this means is that they learn to love their captors and have sympathy for them even when being harmed physically.

4. In India, it is not uncommon for a woman’s family to abduct a male that they think would make a good husband for their daughter and force them to marry. The reason they do this is to avoid having to pay the extensive dowry.

5. Most random kidnappings that happen in third-world countries are a result of a ransom demand. Many militia groups fund their illegal ventures by kidnapping people from presumed wealthy countries and putting a price on their heads for their governments or families to pay.

6. In 2005, a young 12-year old girl in Ethiopia was kidnapped by men, and these men wanted to sell her for profit. However, some lions nearby chased the men away and stayed near the girl, without harming her until help came. The lions departed just as the police came by. True lion kings.

7. The most common person to kidnap is a young girl between the ages of 10 and 20 years old. Many men like to kidnap girls who are of childbearing age for any number of reasons. Often times to use as sex slaves.

8. In order for a missing person to be declared dead, they have to be missing for more than seven years. In the case of disasters, war, or tragedies, the number of years to declare someone is missing reducing significantly.


Unfortunately, it is relatively common for children to be abducted. The most crucial time for finding a child alive is within three hours of their disappearance. However, most cases of kidnapping in adults are women, as you can read about in my book “Missing Persons,” which is coming soon.

Never doubt that kidnapping is still a significant problem on a global scale. Keep your loved ones close.

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