Authorities said that a 14-year-old Falmouth girl escaped from an attempted abduction yesterday. According to the Boston Globe, she was walking from her bus stop in the afternoon when two men in a white pickup truck approached her and attempted to force her into the truck. The girl escaped by biting the man’s arm, and the two men were spotted fleeing north on East Falmouth highway.
When people think of child kidnappings, they usually think of situations like this one involving strangers. The majority of child kidnappings, however, are committed by family members. Under Massachusetts law, kidnapping is a felony that usually involves prison time and fees. It is punishable by up to 10 years in the state prison. Since this was an attempt to commit a crime punishable by more than 5 years in the state prison, the penalty here could reach up to 5 years in the state prison.
The motive for kidnappings by strangers is typically to subject the victim to some further criminal act, such as rape, sexual assault or sex slavery, or murder. Recently, an increasing amount of kidnappings are being committed to force children into prostitution.
Sometimes kidnappings are for the purpose of extorting money or holding the victim for ransom. In Massachusetts, when the purpose of the kidnapping is extortion, it is punishable by up to life in prison.
Source: The Boston Globe, Girl escaped abduction in Falmouth, police say
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