A person given as a pledge or security for the performance of the conditions of a treaty or stipulations of any kind, on the performance of which the person is to be released.
The proper description of anyone who is currently being seen by an MHP. Regrettably, the full realization of this hostage-status rarely occurs until one suddenly finds himself struggling to survive an iatrogenic trauma. Be advised: these people can and do take prisoners-- on whatever whim they choose-- and submit their victims to unspeakable experiences.
a prisoner who is held by one party to insure that another party will meet specified terms