Subject: [Stop-traffic] News/China: China frees 123,000 abductees in six months
From: Melanie Orhant (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Wed Oct 11 2000 - 11:16:05 EDT
China frees 123,000 abductees in six months
RTw 9/16/00 6:15 AM
BEIJING, Sept 16 (Reuters) - Chinese police have rescued more than
123,000 victims in a six-month drive against trafficking in women and
children, the China Daily reported on Saturday.
A crackdown on human trafficking launched in April by the Ministry of
Public Security and the All-China Women's Federation had freed 110,000
women and 13,000 children, it said.
The abducted women were sold as brides or into prostitution, while the
children were mostly sold to childless couples.
The abduction of women and children is rampant in rural areas and the
government vowed to make the anti-trafficking campaign a priority this
In China, where having a son is often seen as a cultural imperative,
boys are often abducted for sale to couples with only a girl child or who
are unable to have children.
State media have published a series of lurid reports over the past few
months about the sale of women as sex slaves in prosperous coastal regions
or as wives in rural communities where men outnumber women.
The China Daily quoted Jia Chunwang, Minister of Public Security, as
saying police were applying new technology to the old problem.
The measures included setting up a nationwide database of people
traders and kidnap victims and a DNA database of parents whose children
have been missing, Jia said.
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