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China issues red alert to apprehend gang of traffickers

Last Updated: Tuesday, September 28, 2010 - 15:27

Beijing: Chinese police have issued a red
alert to detain 10 suspects involved in abduction and
trafficking of children and women, a day after a court
sentenced two people to death for the same crime.

China`s Ministry of Public Security (MPS) has issued
"top-level orders" for the arrest of 10 people at large who
were suspected to be involved in the abduction and trafficking
of children and women, Xinhua news agency reported today.
The police are soliciting clues from the public and
announced 50,000 yuan (USD 7,475) reward for information about
the whereabouts of the suspects. The MPS issued orders for the
arrest of 20 people-trafficking suspects in April and June
2009 of whom 19 had been arrested.

Yesterday, a Chinese court in the eastern Fujian
Province sentenced two people to death for abducting and
trafficking children. Li Diji and Wu Suiqing were given death
sentences by the Intermediate People`s Court of Quanzhou City
in Fujian.

They were also deprived of their political rights for
life and had their personal properties confiscated, according
to a court statement.

The criminal organisation, including the two people
and 11 others, sold 46 abducted male infants aged below one
year to buyers in rural areas in Anxi County and Yongchun
County in Quanzhou from 2007 to 2009, charging 30,000 to
40,000 yuan (USD 4,482 to 5,976) per infant, it said.
The court convicted Li and Wu of participating in the
abduction and trafficking of 23 and 17 infants, respectively.

Eleven of their accomplices received varying sentences
for purchasing abducted infants, selling them or harbouring
the traffickers. Trafficking in women and children is on the
rise in China as thousands of cases were reported in the
recent years.

As many as 10,621 women and 5,896 children who had
been abducted for human trafficking were freed by Chinese
police in a special crackdown launched since April last year.

In the campaign, police nationwide apprehended 2,398
human trafficking gangs and handled 13,500 such cases,
according to the media reports. In addition to this, 15,673
suspects were under criminal detention and administrative
penalties were handed over to 1,518 people.

Also, police have stepped up measures to handover the
abducted children to their biological parents, including
building a database that collects the DNA of those children
who may have fallen victims to human trafficking and their

The database had helped 813 children to find their
biological parents through DNA matching, reports said.


First Published: Tuesday, September 28, 2010 - 15:27

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