Pickpocket and Owned Preys

If you are owned (or prisoner) and you pickpocket, your ransom fee will be automatically paid and you will regain freedom. The reason of it is because an owned prey cannot be beaten up and whipped for pickpocketing, and it is not fair that he or she won’t face any consequence. Once you regain freedom, the victim may whip you or whatever 😛
I was asked to explain this, so here you go.