News/China: DNA Data to Help Fight Trafficking in Women, Kids

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Subject: News/China: DNA Data to Help Fight Trafficking in Women, Kids
From: Melanie Orhant (morhant@igc.org)
Date: Tue May 30 2000 - 06:48:07 EDT


             DNA Data to Help Fight Trafficking in Women, Kids

OTC 3-30-00 11:26 AM

  BEIJING (March 30) XINHUA - The Beijing police are collecting DNA samples
from the parents of missing children from 11 provinces across the country
to help combat the trafficking in children.
    A medical examination center under the Beijing police has received more
than 900 blood samples, and the related data will soon be part of a
national public security information network, an official with the
municipal public security bureau said today.
    Local police will then be able to conduct accurate paternity tests more
efficiently, he added.
    Ruan Zengyi, deputy director of the bureau, said today that a campaign
against the trafficking in women and children will be launched in April,
and police will make every effort to rescue those who have been abducted
or sold.
    One hundred and fifteen cases of trafficking in women and children have
been reported in Beijing since 1995, and 89 of them have been solved, with
73 women and 37 children rescued and 101 traffickers arrested.


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