In times of conflict, children are abducted from their homes, schools and refugee camps. Child abduction often leads to other violations against children such as forced labour, sexual slavery and recruitment. Many children also get trafficked across borders. Parties to conflict have used this practice in systematic campaigns of intimidation and reprisal against civilian populations.

Prohibition under International Law

Abducting children against their will and the will of their adult guardians, either temporarily or permanently, is illegal under international law. It may constitute a grave breach of the Geneva Conventions and amount to a crime against humanity and a war crime.