Friday, March 9, 2012

China: National Child Trafficking Arrests Include Guangxi Province

This China Daily article hits close to home -- Zoe and Maya are both from Guangxi Province, and the China expert quoted is from Xiamen University law school where I taught in 2007:
Several police vehicles set off from a police station in Tianlin, a county of Baise city in the Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region, late on Tuesday night.

More than 150 police officers from the city were divided into three groups and dispatched to Tianlin, Longlin and Xilin counties to capture human traffickers.

As of Thursday, 16 suspects had been arrested.

In fact, Guangxi was just one of 14 "battlefields" in the Ministry of Public Security's crackdown against human trafficking action this week. More than 7,000 police officers participated in the campaign in 14 provinces, including Henan, Shandong, Shanxi, Yunnan and Guizhou.

As a result, 310 suspects were arrested and 77 kidnapped children were rescued.

The children were mostly kidnapped in Yunnan province in Southwest China and Guangxi in South China and sold to other regions, such as Shandong province in East China and Shanxi province in North China, according to the ministry.

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A woman surnamed Yang, 37, one of the arrested suspects in Longlin county, Guangxi, confessed to the police that she had trafficked six infants for money since 2010.

Police said Yang bought infants younger than one month from other villages in the county and Guizhou province and sold them to people in Central China.

Each infant was sold for 3,000 ($475) to 4,000 yuan, police said, and she could get about 800 yuan per child.

According to police, she said all the infants were baby girls and she did it only for money.

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Jiang Yue, a professor at Xiamen University's law school, said: "The main reason for human trafficking is the economic gap and some residents in poor areas even think such trafficking is a way to earn money"
Besides, cutting off demand market and enhancing awareness of this issue are also necessary, or the problem will not be solved, she added.


Karen said...

At first read, I assumed this was for IA, and I was a bit puzzled because there are very few IAs these days. But then after more thought, I realized this trafficking was more likely due to domestic reasons for kidnapping. I also would be interested in knowing how many of the children who were recovered, were healthy boys.
It's been my understanding for a while that a lot of the kidnappings in China are because of the demand for children within China itself. Whereas a lot of times, it's assumed to always be because of IA. Not to say that it has not happened for IA purposes. We all know it has, but I would bet it's happened more for domestic trafficking than IA.

Reena said...

I too was wondering-- when I read the baby girls were taken to Central China-- is bride buying in China making a come-back due to the gender imbalance?