[Stop-traffic] News/10-20-00 CHINA: CHINA GANG LEADERS GET DEATH FOR WOMAN TRAFFICKING.

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Subject: [Stop-traffic] News/10-20-00 CHINA: CHINA GANG LEADERS GET DEATH FOR WOMAN TRAFFICKING.
From: Melanie Orhant (morhant@igc.org)
Date: Thu Oct 26 2000 - 19:22:02 EDT


I don't think that killing people is the solution!

Melanie....

>10-20-00 CHINA: CHINA GANG LEADERS GET DEATH FOR WOMAN TRAFFICKING.
>BEIJING, Oct 20 (Reuters) - A court in eastern China sentenced to death
>four leaders of a gang which abducted, raped and sold poor rural women as
>brides, Xinhua news agency reported on Friday.
>The four condemned men led an 18-member gang which swindled and trafficked
>women from the poor southwestern provinces of Yunnan and Guizhou and sold
>them in the city of Suqian in the prosperous coastal province of Jiangsu,
>the agency said.
>In the latest reported case of the old scourge of brideselling, the gang
>teamed up with local peasants to kidnap the women and sell them for
>1500-4000 yuan ($180-480), it said.
>The report did not say how many women the gang sold in a spree that lasted
>from 1992 and 1998.
>The Suqian court gave two other members of the gang death sentences
>suspended for two years and jailed the remaining 12 for terms of six to 20
>years, Xinhua said.
>State media reported last month that 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.
>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
>year.
>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. ($1=8.278 Yuan).
>(C) Reuters Limited 2000.
>REUTERS NEWS SERVICE

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