News/CHINA: KIDNAPPING RING SMASHED IN KUNMING.

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Subject: News/CHINA: KIDNAPPING RING SMASHED IN KUNMING.
From: Melanie Orhant (morhant@igc.org)
Date: Mon May 29 2000 - 09:30:02 EDT


3-30-00 CHINA: KIDNAPPING RING SMASHED IN KUNMING.
Police in Kunming in Yunnan province have cracked the city's biggest human
smuggling syndicate.
In the past three years, the syndicate had kidnapped, abducted and sold at
least 17 women and 35 children, Xinhua said yesterday.
The syndicate was exposed early this month when railway police in Xingyi
city of neighbouring Guizhou province traced two people suspected of
smuggling children. Kunming police followed further leads and found the
traffickers belonged to a big syndicate based in Kunming.
A special taskforce was set up on March 8 to investigate. This week, police
moved on the traffickers and so far 34 suspects have been arrested.
Initial investigations showed that the traffickers kidnapped the women and
children in Yunnan and sold them in Guangdong, Fujian, Jiangsu and Anhui
provinces for about 5,000 yuan (HK$4,700) to 8,500 yuan each.
It was estimated that they had earned almost 150,000 yuan from the illicit
trade.
Despite repeated crackdowns by the authorities, trafficking of women and
children remains rampant in poor areas in provinces like Yunnan and
Guizhou.
SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST 30/03/2000


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