Motivations of Kidnappings

Topics: South Korea, Korean War, Lord's Resistance Army Pages: 2 (710 words) Published: May 7, 2013
Kidnapping: To take away someone against their will, can be done for a ransom or for child custody dispute. It is applied to all people no matter the age. Hijacking: To steal a vehicle or the items inside it after forcing it to stop. Abduction: To take away a person against their will (Similar or same to kidnapping) Hostage taking: The victim held by a person that certain actions or promises will or will not occur.

Kidnappings happen for many reasons, some for money, and some for information, some for religious beliefs and even for child custody before court. However, kidnapping isn’t just for money, nor is it just children whom are kidnapped.
Where there is war, there is kidnapping, not just of children, but of adults too, but for what reason? During the Korean War, there was an estimate of 84,532 South Koreans kidnapped by the North Koreans. In addition to that, South Korean statistics claim that, since the Korean Armistice in 1953, around 3,800 people have been abducted by North Korea (the vast majority in the late 1970s), 480 of whom are still being held. The abductees were categorized into 2 groups. One was the wartime abductees, South Koreans kidnapped by North Koreans at the time were mostly educated, such as politicians, government politicians, doctors etc. According to the families of the abductees, North Korean soldiers showed up at their homes with the abductee’s specific names and their identification in hand. This shows that it was planned and that they wanted their specific qualities. The other category was the post war abductees, they were kidnapped after the Korean War and most of them were Laborers and also people with Intelligentsia. They wanted people in their country, more people to rehabilitate their country after the war, and also to build back the buildings lost in war.

Most of the time kidnapping of the rich or famous people is for a ransom and...
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