News/China: CHINESE POLICE BREAK UP SLAVERY RING

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Subject: News/China: CHINESE POLICE BREAK UP SLAVERY RING
From: Melanie Orhant (morhant@igc.org)
Date: Wed Apr 12 2000 - 09:51:53 EDT


                   CHINESE POLICE BREAK UP SLAVERY RING

OTC 4-11-00 8:32 PM

Hong Kong, Apr 11, 2000 (EFE via COMTEX) -- Chinese police rescued some
1,600 women and children in the Guangdong province who were to be sold into
slavery, the Wen Wei Po newspaper reported Tuesday.
    Citing "high-ranking" Guangdong government officials, the daily said
police broke up 54 networks engaged in the trafficking of women and
children.
    The police operation began April 1 and netted 484 arrests over a 10-day
period.
    The Legal Daily newspaper also reported Tuesday that authorities in
Fuzhou executed a gang ringleader accused of kidnapping 27 women and
children from China's poor rural provinces to later sell them in the
wealthy Fujian province.
    According to the newspaper, healthy women were being sold for
approximately 540 dollars.
    In late March, the Chinese government announced harsher punishments for
trafficking in slaves, including the death penalty in severe cases and
five-year prison sentences for individuals involved in such acts.
    China reported 7,257 kidnappings in 1999, 6,802 of which involved
kidnappings of women. EFE
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   Agencia EFE S.A.
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