Beijing (AsiaNews / Agencies) - Chinese police have released 92 children
abducted by a network of human
traffickers. The officers also
saved two women and arrested
301 people involved in the racket. The Ministry of
Public Security yesterday spoke
of the impressive recovery operation,
which covered 11 provinces of the
country. According to authorities the traffickers seized them in the small south-western
provinces of Yunnan and Sichuan
to sell in other regions.
The one-child law and a weak legislation in the field of adoptions - in addition to poverty and traditional preference for male children - have fueled the trafficking of children. Many families buy trafficking victims to use them as cheap, domestic labor, or to give as a bride to their unmarried children. In other cases, many of these children are sold to families who want to adopt, or are forced into prostitution.
The Ministry of Public Security revealed that, last year, the police freed 24 thousand women and children. They had been kidnapped to be sold on the markets for illegal adoptions and prostitution.
According to a report released by the China National Radio, a station that broadcasts across the country, every year about 200 thousand children disappear in China. Of these, only 0.1% was found and freed from the shackles of the racket.