Chinese Police Rescue 92 Abducted Children in Crackdown on Human Trafficking

Telegraph (London), September 28, 2013

Over 300 suspects were detained in latest operation by Chinese authorities to crack down on chronic problem of child trafficking linked to the country’s one-child policy.

Police forces from 11 provinces were involved in the operation to break up a massive network that stole, bought and sold children in Henan province in central China and other provinces.

Revealing one of the biggest busts of its kind in years, officials said on Saturday that the group had targeted children in Yunnan and Sichuan provinces in China’s southwest and transported them to other provinces for sale.

The exact date of the police operation, which was the result of a six-month investigation, is not known.

Child abduction is a major problem in China, where such police operations have become regular occurrences as authorities crack down on child trafficking.

Strict family planning laws, a traditional preference for boys, ignorance of the law, poverty and illicit profits drive a thriving market in babies and children.

State media did not give a breakdown of how many boys and how many girls were kidnapped, but kidnapped women are frequently sold to men in remote areas who are unable to find brides due to a sex imbalance resulting from the draconian one-child policy, which has also encouraged sex-selective abortions.

China also plans to introduce laws to punish buyers of children and parents selling their own children.

China has trumpeted the success of an intensified crackdown on the kidnapping and sale of children and women recently. In 2011, police said they had rescued more than 13,000 abducted children and 23,000 women over the past two years or so.

A U.N. committee is scheduled to issue on Oct. 4 its findings on China’s implementation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, which Beijing ratified in 1992.

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  • Why oh why would anyone take a child away from his or her parents?

    • dd121

      The usual reasons: money, sex, control.

      • borogirl54

        There are many families that kidnap young girls so that way they can guarantee a bride for their son due to the disparity between the numbers of men and women. There are people that will sell their children because the child was born without permission from the family planning office. The child would not have citizenship, would not be allowed to attend school or receive healthcare.

  • D.B. Cooper

    I suspect most of the kidnapped children are girls, and they are to be brides to the kidnappers’ sons. That’s how they do it over there, and it’s how it’s done everywhere else too.

    I think Natalee Holloway’s kidnappers probably got at least $500,000 for her, and let Joran van der Sloot take the fall.

    • Alexandra1973

      I believe she was taken to South America, likely Venezuela. If she’s not dead, she’s likely been forced into prostitution.

      • fuzzypook

        I don’t think so in this case. van der Sloot showed himself to be a murderer. He later killed another girl and was convicted.

        • Alexandra1973

          Oh, I’m not saying 100%, I’m just saying it’s likely. Wouldn’t be the first time such a thing happened and it won’t be the last.

        • Allan477

          Remember, the other girl was stalking Joran, and her death could have been an accident as he tried to get away from her.

          • fuzzypook

            Oh please. You have GOT to be kidding.

      • newscomments70

        That is common, yet we have still have people screaming that prostitution is perfectly normal and safe. It doesn’t hurt anyone, it is a “victimless crime”. Sorry for the tangent.

    • newscomments70

      If she was sold into prostitution, I wouldn’t put it past Van der Sloot to profit from that deal. I believe he murdered her though.

  • “Human Trafficking”

    Slavery.

  • Ragehol .

    No crime, huh? The little dog eaters just sweep it under the floor mat a bit better.

    China is a polluted, sweatshop, ghetto crime-ville. PRC=slumlords.
    4 cities worth a damn, the rest is a sham.

    • Hunter Morrow

      Anybody care to refute that or do you really just love the Communist Worker’s Paradise that much?

      • IstvanIN

        It is certainly no workers paradise but, at least from my point of view, it isn’t any of our business how they run their country.

    • Spartacus

      Now is that a nice thing to say ?

      • Alexandra1973

        I just want to hug that puppy!

        • Max Krakah

          that is your culture showing, if you were chinese, you would want to eat it

      • Max Krakah

        This is just a pun on “hot dog”, but in a story about china, it is not that humorous because there is no truth in it. One would need a picture of the puppy in a wok.

  • My best friend from Australia has lived in China for some years now, and he describes it as “unbelievably polluted and dirty”. My own favorite dishes are seafood, but in China I will not eat anything that came out of their water lest I get hepatitis C, Q, R and X through Z.

    Unfortunately, an environmental movement requires a population that has priorities other than making a quick buck.