News/ChinaCHINA ARRESTS 80 IN SWEEP OF SLAVE-TRADE OPERATIONS

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From: Melanie Orhant (morhant@igc.org)
Date: Mon Jun 26 2000 - 08:01:02 EDT


           CHINA ARRESTS 80 IN SWEEP OF SLAVE-TRADE OPERATIONS

OTC 4/29/00 3:12 PM

Beijing, Apr 29, 2000 (EFE via COMTEX) -- More than 80 people have been
arrested in recent days during a far-reaching operation designed to break
up kidnapping and slave-trade networks in southern China, the Chinese
government reported Saturday.
    According to police, organized crime groups kidnap poor peasant women
and sell them to urban prostitution rings.
    In other cases, the women are lured to the cities with promises of good
jobs, pay and housing, and then enslaved.
    According to China's Women's Federation, some 7,000 women - many of them
barely adolescents - are kidnapped every each to be sold to prostitution
rings that operate under the guise of karaoke bars, massage parlors,
hotels, restaurants and beauty salons.
    Others are sold as virtual slaves to farmers who have been unable to
find wives because of the scarcity of women in China's rural areas, where
the abortion and infanticide of females is not unusual, as a result of the
government's one-family, one-child policy. EFE

Agencia EFE S.A.
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