Child kidnapping experiment

By Petro-Anne Vlok
16 February 2014

Would you walk away from a child in trouble? In this experiment some people did exactly that when a frightened child told them he was being kidnapped.

Would you help a child in trouble? In a candid camera experiment a terrified child runs up to strangers, telling them that a man is trying to kidnap him. The kidnapper then shows up and tells the strangers not to worry; he’s the child’s father and the boy is just acting up.

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The video will send shivers down parents’ spines as one man actually shakes the abductor’s hand and walks away from the terrified victim after he’s told the boy is just telling lies.

But there are also those who act bravely, including one woman who pepper sprays the kidnapper.

The video’s creator Yousef Saleh (who also plays the kidnapper) wrote on his YouTube page that he made the video because he feared being kidnapped when he was a child. “This video was a way for me to express that fear in an artistic way and also spread positive change as to why it is important to ACT when put into these types of situations. Kids being abducted are nervous being around the person who captured them so it's on us to know when he or she is in danger.”

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