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Chinese police bust trafficking rings, rescue 89 children

posted 25 Dec 2012, 05:12 by Sam Mbale   [ updated 25 Dec 2012, 05:13 ]

Chinese authorities rescue 89 children and arrest hundreds of suspects in a crackdown on trafficking rings across nation, state media reports.

 China Central Television (CCTV) - Police have rescued 89 children and seized 355 suspects after busting nine child trafficking rings, the Ministry of Public Security said Monday.

Police officers from nine provincial-level regions, including FujianYunnan, Sichuan, Anhui and Guangdong, took part in a joint operation beginning Dec. 18 to break up the criminal networks, according to Chen Shiqu, director of the anti-trafficking office of the ministry's criminal investigation division.

The rescued children are being cared for at local nursing homes and police are currently searching for their parents.

The 355 suspects seized include prime suspects Tan Guirong and Huang Xinguo.

"Next, we will cooperate with relevant departments to adopt measures in strengthening the penalty for those who buy abducted children, so as to decrease the demand which may lead to child trafficking," Chen Shiqu said.

Human trafficking remains a serious problem in China. Children, particularly boys, are sold to couples who are unable to have children.

In recent years, China has taken a tough stance on human trafficking and launched crackdowns repeatedly.

Since April 2009, when the ministry started a campaign to crack down on trafficking, police in the Chinese mainland have broken up 11,000 child trafficking rings and rescued 54,000 children, according to Chen.

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