Kidnapping Legal Meaning and Definition

Here is a simplified definition of the legal term Kidnapping.

Kidnapping (noun)

Kidnapping is the unlawful act of forcefully taking someone and moving them from their place of comfort against their will. It usually involves holding the captured individual with the intent of achieving specific objectives such as demanding ransom, causing physical, psychological, or sexual harm, or using them as leverage. In most kidnapping cases, the victim is kept in a location where they're unlikely to be discovered and are generally held until the kidnapper's conditions are met.