The Kidnapping Children Experiment: what would you do?

Shocking video shows a child approaching members of the public for help


What would you do if you saw a child being abducted? Well, YouTube filmmaker Yousef Erakat decided to find out just how brave the public are in his controversial video ‘The Kidnapping Children Experiment’.


With the help of a willing boy he puts members of the public to the test. 

“Growing up my biggest fear was getting kidnapped,” says the description.

“I would get home early from school and sit on my front lawn until my parents came home because I felt like someone was inside my house waiting for me.

“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.”

In the video, the boy goes up to people in the street in a very distressed state and claims that the man he’s with isn’t his dad and he is trying to abduct him. When the man comes over, the boy then goes quiet. 

The video shows the different ways that people react. Some try to protect the boy from the ‘perpertrator’. But when the boy is too afraid to repeat his allegations in front of the ‘kidnapper’, several people walk away. Still, one angry woman clearly believes the boy and decides to pepper spray the ‘kidnapper’.

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