China uses DNA database to reunite missing kids with parents

Last Updated: Mar 01, 2012, 13:38 PM IST

Beijing: The DNA database of parents of missing children in China has helped over 2,000 abducted kids return home, an official has revealed.

According to Chen Shiqu, head of the Ministry of Public Security`s office, to crack down on child abductions the ministry has created a DNA database of over 20,000 blood samples from parents who have lost their children. It is to be able to identify abducted children and fight against the crime, Xinhua reported.

Since 2009, police have uncovered nearly 16,000 cases of women trafficking and 12,000 child abduction cases. Authorities rescued over 19,000 abducted children and 35,000 women, Chen said.

The police, however, will keep on implementing the "zero tolerance" policy to the crime, and beef up efforts to crack down on child trafficking, he said.

IANS